Drake was doomed by a sluggish start and couldn’t recover in the second half before falling to the first-place UNI Panthers, 85-74. It marked the first time this season the Bulldogs have dropped two consecutive conference games.
With nine conference games played and nine to go, the Bulldogs are tied for first in the MVC standings with Northern Iowa and Missouri State. Each team has a 7-2 conference record with Drake boasting the best overall mark at 14-6.
With a big second half, Drake bested Indiana State on Friday, 80-55. Sunday night the Bulldogs hosted Illinois State and outclassed the 3-13 Redbirds, 76-41. It was how a contender is supposed to play, never letting the Redbirds get close after the opening quarter.