Drake men's basketball beats UNI in double-overtime thriller
Northern Iowa’s Bowen Born forced not one but two overtime periods with clutch 3-pointers Wednesday, but Drake outlasted the Panthers in the second overtime to win 88-81.
Roman Penn scored a team-high 28 points to push Drake men’s basketball past its in-state rival at home. Born led all scorers with 30 points for UNI. He fouled out with three seconds remaining in the second overtime, making it difficult for the Panthers to rally once more.
Both teams’ early attempts fell short until Born’s jumper snapped the scoring drought for the game’s first points. UNI and Drake exchanged scores, but the Panthers held on to the lead. That is until the Bulldogs went on a nine-point streak – thanks to threes from Conor Enright and Okay Djamgouz.
The Panthers went on an 11-point run of their own to take back the lead. The visiting team headed to the locker room with a 33-28 lead at halftime.
The Panthers continued to pile on the points at the start of the second. It wasn’t until the midway point of the period that Drake started to creep back into contention. The Bulldogs scored 11 straight to tie the game.
Drake and UNI kept each other within reach in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but the Panthers lost starting forward Tytan Anderson when he fouled out with 2:30 on the clock. Darnell Brodie hit two free throws and the Bulldogs forced a shot clock violation on the other end to move ahead by four with under two minutes to play.
A 3-pointer from Trey Campbell moved UNI within one point with 48 seconds left in the second half. Penn missed his jumper with 18 seconds on the clock, giving the ball back to UNI.
Born missed a jumper and Landon Wolf fouled Penn on the rebound. Penn hit both free throws to give the Bulldogs a three-point lead. Born hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
It marked the third straight overtime game between these in-state rivals.
This time was different, though. It was all Drake for most of the first overtime period, at least until Born hit another three-pointer at the buzzer to force a second overtime. The Bulldogs held on and pulled off the home win as three UNI starters watched from the bench with five fouls.
Tucker DeVries loses his touch
The MVC Preseason Player of the Year had a rare off night against UNI, but it might not be of major concern for the Bulldogs.
DeVries missed Drake’s matchup against Belmont on Sunday after he was hospitalized with an infection on his elbow. He was a game time decision for the rivalry matchup on Wednesday but ended up in the starting lineup after warmups.
After the quick turnaround in his recovery and ability to get back on the court in a matter of days, DeVries struggled to find his footing against UNI. The Bulldogs star sophomore went 0-of-6 and missed five 3-point attempts in the first half.
DeVries didn’t record his first points until the halfway mark of the second half, adding to an 11-point scoring streak that put Drake back in the game. He didn't score any more points in regulation, and added just three free throws in the first overtime.
He finally hit his first three-pointer of the game at the start of the second overtime period. It was an exciting moment for DeVries when he hit a jumper plus free throw to give Drake a six-point advantage with about 1:30 left in the second round of overtime.
DeVries finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes played.
Darian DeVries says he shifted Tucker to a lesser role — and even benched him — in the second half, but he did record significant minutes without scoring any points. He was just 1-of-11 from the field and 0-of-7 from three-point range at the end of the first overtime.
"He wasn't playing great ... so we sat him for quite a while and rode with Conor, Roman, Garrett, D.J. and Brodie," Darian DeVries said. "Then in overtime, we went with him to give some guys a little rest because they've been out there so long."
Born is a big-time problem for the Bulldogs
The Panthers sophomore was an impact player last season. But he was still a bit limited: by both recovery from an injury and sharing a starting lineup with AJ Green and Noah Carter.
With Green off to professional basketball and Carter transferred to Missouri, Born took over. He didn’t disappoint in UNI’s rivalry game on Wednesday. Born's clutch 3-point score sent this game to overtime. Then he added another one to force a second overtime before picking up his fifth foul.
Regardless of who coach Darian DeVries put in against Born, he managed to score from all over the court. Roman Penn was the best one-to-one matchup against Born, and Enright managed to contain the Panthers guard at times.
"He's a great player," Penn said. "They do a really good job of finding ways to get him open and running the offense through him. He makes some tough shots and that's what good players do."
Born brings speed and intensity to the game that’s tough to match for a full 40 minutes. Darian DeVries did a solid job of matching players like Penn and Enright against Born, but it will take more to shut down Born when the Bulldogs travel to UNI in two weeks.
Alyssa Hertel is the college sports recruiting reporter for the Des Moines Register. Contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AlyssaHertel.
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