Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Host Fresno State In MWC/MVC Challenge

first_img Fresno State Game Notes Live Stats Drake Game Notes Live Audio Buy Tickets center_img Live Video Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa — Following a tough loss on the road against DePaul, the Drake men’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center to welcome Fresno State as part of the Missouri Valley Conference/ Mountain West Conference Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on Mediacom MC22/The Valley On ESPN3 as well as radio coverage provided by ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.Drake (1-6) takes to the Knapp Center court for the third time this season after Wednesday night’s 77-75 loss at DePaul where it led for all but the final 40 seconds of the second-half. A three-point play at the end of the second half allowed DePaul to push past Drake. The game marked a long November for the Bulldogs in which it played five games away from the Knapp Center. However, the team will have the luxury of remaining in Des Moines for its entire December schedule, starting with Saturday’s game.Fresno State (4-2) currently ranks eighth in the nation in steals per game (10.0 spg) and comes into this contest with a two-game winning streak. Fresno State is coming off an MWC Tournament Championship in 2015-16 that sent the team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. The team was picked to finish fourth in the MWC this season. Saturday’s will be the third time the two teams have met. Drake has won the last two meetings, 84-74, on Nov. 29, 2013 in Fresno and 70-54 during the 1949-50 season in Des Moines. The win in 2013 was the first of three wins in Fresno, Calif., to win the Fresno State Classic during Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s first season with the Bulldogs.Drake’s Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) leads the team back to Des Moines after registering a career-high 17 points against DePaul and has shot 9-of-20 in his last two games. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) continues to be Drake’s top scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game and led the team with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting against DePaul. Timmer currently is 11 points away from registering 1,000 career points and becoming the 24th Bulldog all-time to do so.Meanwhile, Jaron Hopkins who averages 14.8 points per game while Paul Watson contributes 13.7 points per contest to lead Fresno State.Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will host Jackson State on Dec. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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