DES MOINES —Four Panthers scored in double digits but the men’s basketball team fell 83-77 to in-state rival Drake on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers and Bulldogs traded leads the entire first half. The Bulldogs were able to enter halftime with a four-point lead. The Panthers shot 55.2 percent from the field, marking the sixth time this season the Panthers recorded a field goal percentage over .500 in the opening half.
Four Panthers recorded six points in the first half in AJ Green, Wyatt Lohaus, Tywhon Pickford, and Spencer Haldeman. Trae Ber-how ended the first half with three points and hauled in six total rebounds while Luke McDonnell led the team with three first-half assists and the lone steal.
The Panthers tied the game in the first minute of play in the second half but were unable to keep pace with the Bulldogs. Drake pulled ahead and maintained the lead for 10 minutes before the Panthers claimed the lead from a Spencer Haldeman three-pointer with 9:21 remaining in the game. The Panthers tied the game 61-61 with 8:42 left but were unable to hold off the Bulldogs in the closing minutes, being outscored 43-41 in the second half.
The Panthers were uncharacteristically loose with the ball on Saturday, recording 14 turnovers. The Panthers average only 10.3 turnovers per game, the fewest in the MVC. Saturday’s contest is only the third time the team has recorded over 12 turnovers in an MVC game this season.
Green topped his season average on Saturday, finished with 19 points and a team-high five assists. Lohaus dropped 16 points while going seven of nine from the field and two for two from the three-point arc. Haldeman ended with 12 points and Pickford finished with 10 points and hauled in five rebounds.
Berhow finished with eight points while leading the team in rebounding, hauling in six total boards. McDonnell was three of seven from the field for six points and three rebounds and four assists.
Justin Dahl set a career record with three blocked shots against the Bulldogs while hauling in five rebounds.
The Panthers, now 10-15 overall and 5-7 in the MVC, take on the 14-10 Redbirds of Illinois State on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the McLeod Center.