Young, Houston lead Drake to 79-44 victory over Iowa State

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Josh Young scored 23 points and Drake rolled past Iowa State 79-44 Wednesday night, the Bulldogs’ largest margin of victory in their 167-game series with the Cyclones.

Leonard Houston added 16 points for Drake (6-1), which won for the fifth straight time and continued its best start since 1985-86. After its victory at Iowa State last year, Drake has its first two-game winning streak over the Cyclones since beating them in 1978 and 1979.

Iowa State (3-4) was coming off an overtime victory at Oregon State, but was outshot and outhustled by the Bulldogs, who forced 21 turnovers and seemed to get every loose ball.

Wesley Johnson led Iowa State with 10 points.

Drake shot 65 percent in the second half and finished 11-for-21 from 3-point range, the fifth straight game the Bulldogs have made at least 11 3s. Iowa State went 7-for-22 in the first half and shot just 38 percent for the game.

The seven first-half field goals matched the third-lowest total for a half by a Drake opponent.

The Bulldogs’ largest margin against Iowa State previously was 24 points, in 1969 and 1970.

Ahead 35-20 at halftime, Drake opened the second half with a 17-2 run to blow it open. Young scored eight points during that burst, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Houston and Klayton Korver each hit a 3.

Iowa State never got closer than 23 the rest of the way. John Michael Hall drove the baseline and fed Adam Emmenecker for an easy bucket to make it 63-31 and the Bulldogs led by as many 37 in the final minute.

Drake went up 13-5 with the help of three early 3-pointers and steadily built its lead from there. The Bulldogs drove to the basket almost at will and continued to hit from the perimeter.

When Josh Parker drove down the right side and threw in a shot from outside the lane, he put the Bulldogs ahead 23-10 and forced Iowa State coach Greg McDermott to call a timeout. It didn’t slow Drake at all.

Hall’s driving shot and Young’s 3-pointer capped a 10-0 run that made it 28-10, and the Bulldogs led 35-12 when Brent Heemskerk scored inside. Consecutive 3s by Alex Thompson and Johnson drew Iowa State to with 15 at halftime.

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R. Clark R. Clark
2-6,  5 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Drake
J. Young J. Young
7-13,  23 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists

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