THREE OVERTIMES: Drake Outlasts Wichita State 93-86

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unior Ben Simons scored a career-high 29 points and sophomore Rayvonte Rice recorded his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Drake Bulldogs won a 93-86 triple-overtime thriller against Wichita State Saturday night at the Knapp Center.

It was the fourth triple-overtime game in school history, and Drake's first victory in such games. Drake improves to 13-9 overall, 6-5 and tied for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State is now 18-4, 9-2 in conference play. The Shockers had not lost on the road this season and entered the game with a 15-2 road record since the start of last season.

“I felt like our guys played with great passion tonight.” said Drake Head Coach Mark Phelps said. “They played with great pride-Pride in our basketball team, pride in our university, and pride in each other.”

The game was tied at 63 at the end of regulation. Wichita State led 63-61 with 13 seconds to play when the Shockers' Demetric Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one. Rice (Champaign, Ill.) rebounded and passed to Simons (Cadillac, Mich.), who took the ball the length of the court only to miss a layup in traffic, but senior Kraidon Woods (Henryville, Pa.) grabbed the rebound and scored with two seconds to play.

Following a timeout Rice stole the inbounds pass and his one-handed throw from 85 feet hit the back of the rim as the clock struck zero.

Drake scored all seven of its points in the first overtime from the free-throw line. After a Toure' Murry miss Rice was able to get off a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer with a defender in his face that caromed off the rim to send the game into double-overtime tied at 70.

The Bulldogs twice led by as many as six points in the second overtime but the Shockers battled back to tie the game at 79 with 48 seconds remaining. Senior Kurt Alexander (Toronto, Ontario) drilled a three-pointer with 19 seconds to play but Wichita State's Ben Smith answered with a three of his own with eight seconds on the clock to force the third overtime.

Drake took over in the final session, with Alexander scoring six of his teams' 11 points. Junior Jordan Clarke (Rockville, Md.) re-emerged to score three points and grab two key rebounds in the final seconds.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, including Alexander with 17, to put him in double figures for the sixth game out of the past eight. Redshirt-freshman Jeremy Jeffers (Wilson, N.C.) added 11 points. Rice was just two assists away from registering just the second triple-double in school history.

“Everybody contributed,” Phelps said. “It was just a really, really fun game. It was the type of game that starts to galvanize our group together. I thought we were really together and that made a great difference.”

Wichita State was led in scoring by Garrett Stutz with 27, and Joe Ragland with 25.

The Bulldogs improved to 10-2 at home with the victory, and remain tied for third place in the conference. They will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to play Indiana State Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on Fox College Midwest and nationally on Fox College Sports.