Rice’s 29 lifts Drake past Central Arkansas 87-64


December 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rayvonte Rice scored 29 points as Drake won its final game before the start of Missouri Valley Conference play, defeating Central Arkansas 87-64 on Wednesday night. Jordan Clarke added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-4), who shot 52 percent from the field and hit 10 of 25 3-pointers. Jeremy Jeffers and Ben Simons had 11 points each. Dewan Clayborn scored 23 points for Central Arkansas (5-6), which has lost three straight since winning five in a row. Drake led just 11-9 with 14:38 left in the first half before it started to pull away. The Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the field in the first half and converted 10 Bears turnovers into 21 points to lead 49-30 at the break. Drake led by as many as 25 in the second half.