Drake easily defeats Illinois State 69-59

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Josh Young scored 18 points and Adam Templeton finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds as Drake defeated Illinois State 69-59 Sunday night.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 3-4 Missouri Valley) took command of the game early then held on in the closing minutes.

Osiris Eldridge scored 26 points, all in the second half, to lead the Redbirds (13-5, 4-3).

Drake, which never trailed, took a 16-6 lead on a 3-pointer by Templeton with 7:31 left in the first half and led by double digits the rest of the way. The Bulldogs were up 35-15 at halftime and then scored the first five points of the second half for their largest advantage, 40-15.

Illinois State put together runs of 10-1 and 9-3 in the second half but couldn’t get any closer than 12 until the final minute.

Ryan Wedel added 14 points for Drake.

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