Eastern Michigan basketball team's losing streak at four games after Drake's big second half
The Eastern Michigan basketball team’s slim halftime lead was wiped out just 10 seconds into the second half Thursday night at Drake University and the host Bulldogs raced to a 66-53 win.
A three-point play by Drake’s Jordan Clarke on the first possession of the second half tied the score at 27-27 and the Bulldogs never trailed again in front of 2,898 at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Clarke’s basket was part of an 8-0 run and Drake extended its lead to nine points by the midway point of the half.
Eastern Michigan (4-5) tried to battle back. A Derek Thompson 3-pointer with 4:28 left made it 47-43, but Drake (6-3) went on 11-2 run over the next three minutes to win its ninth straight home game, dating back to last season.
It’s the fourth consecutive loss for the Eagles and the third straight during their current stretch of nine road games. Up next is a trip to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Purdue (8-2) on Saturday.
Eastern Michigan and Drake flip-flopped shooting performances in the game. The Eagles hit 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) shots in the first half, but just 7-of-22 (31.8) in the second half.
Drake, meanwhile, recovered from a 10-of-27 (37.0) first half to make 12-of-22 (54.6) shots in the second half.
Darrell Lampley led the Eagles with 20 points and Thompson finished with 18 points. No other Eastern Michigan player had more than four points.
Ben Simons led Drake with 16 points while Clarke added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds.