Drake seeking 5th straight win at Southern Illinois tonight


January 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Drake Bulldogs will be in search of their fourth straight win, tonight, when they visit Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bulldogs are 4-3 in the league race and Coach Mark Phelps says they will face a tough challenge against a Saluki team that has gotten healthier and better. Junior Ben Simons was a big factor in Drake’s win streak. He averaged better than 19 and a half points in the three wins and was named the MVC player of the week. Phelps says the Bulldogs have made more of a commitment on the defensive end and it is showing up on the scoreboard. Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery says Simons and Rayvonte Rice are a difficult combination to guard.