Simons, hot-shooting Drake down Evansville 69-60


January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ben Simons scored 17 points and Drake shot 61.4 percent to beat Evansville 69-60 on Friday night. Aaron Hawley had 11 points for the Bulldogs (10-7, 3-3 Missouri Valley), who won their second in a row and notched their first road victory of the season. Ryan Sawvell scored 14 points to pace the Purple Aces (7-9, 2-4), whose losing streak stretched to four. Denver Holmes added 12 points and Ned Cox 10. The Bulldogs, who made 27 of 44 shots, started the game with a 6-0 run and expanded the lead to 30-13 with 8:47 left in the first half after back-to-back baskets by Kraidon Woods. Evansville scored the last eight points of the first half and trailed 39-32 at the break but never took the lead. The Purple Aces were outrebounded 38-21 but committed only 10 turnovers while forcing 22.