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Late cold-spell dooms Drake against Miami


March 18th, 2023 by admin

The Drake men’s basketball team went cold late and came up short against Miami 63-56 in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday in Albany, NY.

The Bulldogs led 30-25 at halftime as both teams struggled to get into offensive rhythm early. Sardaar Calhoun had 12 points and 6 rebounds off the bench in the opening half for Drake.

Miami grabbed the lead back to start the second half 36-34 but the Bulldogs went on a 10-1 run to go up 44-37 with 12:27 to play. Miami answered back with a 7-0 spurt of their own. Drake still held a six point lead with 6:31 to play but the Bulldogs went cold. Their final field goal came with 5:40 remaining and Miami closed the game on a 16-1 run to win the game.

Nijel Pack finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals to lead Miami. The Hurricanes improved to 26-7 on the year and move on to the second round.

Senior center Darnell Brodie had a season-high 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead Drake. Calhound finished with 12 points off the bench and Roman Penn had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Drake ends the season at 27-8, the most wins in a single season in Bulldog history.