Drake breaks 40-year drought in Iowa City with win over Hawkeyes

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)—Josh Young scored 14 points, Jonathan Cox had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Drake snapped a 20-game losing streak at Iowa by beating the Hawkeyes 56-51 on Friday night.

Klayton Korver and Leonard Houston each added 10 points for the Bulldogs, who picked up their first win in Iowa City since 1967. Drake (9-1) also matched the best start in school history with the victory, just its ninth in 62 meetings with the Hawkeyes.

Iowa trailed by seven before a Justin Johnson 3 and a Jeff Peterson layup brought the Hawkeyes within 48-46. But Jonathan Cox found space in the corner and drained a 3-pointer with 1:11 left to make it 51-46. Iowa freshman Jarryd Cole was called for traveling on the next possession, and Drake iced the game at the free-throw line.

A small contingent of Drake fans chanted “Bulldog State” as the clock wound down. For the second straight season, the Bulldogs have swept Iowa and Iowa State.

Cole scored 12 points to lead Iowa (6-6), which failed to attempt a free throw. The Hawkeyes have lost six of their last eight.

The Bulldogs scored just five points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and fell behind 39-34 with 11:48 left. But Korver and Houston hit 3’s on back-to-back possessions and Young made a layup that put Drake ahead 48-41 with 2:48 to go.

After trailing by as much as 11, Iowa opened the second half with an 11-2 run to retake the lead, 32-31. Korver nailed a 3 that appeared to slow Iowa’s momentum, but the Hawkeyes answered with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Tony Freeman that gave Iowa a five-point lead.

Drake jumped ahead by double digits with a 12-0 run midway through the first half.

Freeman buried a 3 with 12 seconds left in the first half to cut Drake’s lead to 29-21. Freeman, who was playing just his second game after missing the 10 of the first 11 with a broken foot, scored nine points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Johnson and Jake Kelly each scored eight for Iowa, which now has three home losses. The Hawkeyes were 31-2 at home over the past two seasons.

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3-9,  10 Pts
10 Rebs, 1 Assists
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6-6,  12 Pts
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