Hines has hot hand, Drake douses Purple Aces

DES MOINES – Chris Hines poured in 21 points and made 5-of-6 3-pointers as the Drake men’s basketball team used a scorching second half offensive effort to push past Evansville 83-69 in Missouri Valley Conference play Wednesday night at the Knapp Center.

Leading 39-38 at the break, Drake made 15-of-23 shots (65.2 percent) in the final stanza, including a 7-for-9 outing (77.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-4) stymied the Purple Aces limiting them to just 7-of-24 from the field (24.1 percent) and 1-of-13 from deep in the second half.

“The second-half offense was a result of the defense,” Drake head coach Mark Phelps said. “Overall our defense was much better in the second half and that allowed us to run in transition and gain more energy on the offensive end.”

Colt Ryan made two free throws to give Evansville (11-6, 4-2) a 57-56 edge with 11:52 to play, before Drake countered with a 15-4 run. Joey King’s jumper closed the spurt to give the Bulldogs a 73-59 advantage with 4:53 left as the Bulldogs weren’t threatened the rest of the way.

Ryan scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, while hitting all 16 of his attempts from the line.

Hines was one of four Drake players in double figures as Ben Simons added 18 points on an 8-for-12 effort from the field.

Richard Carter chipped in 13 points and six assists off the bench, while Seth VanDeest had 11 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Clarke led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds.

Drake led 39-32 late in first half, before Evansville scored the final six points to trail by just one entering the break.

The Bulldogs face Northern Iowa (9-9, 2-4) at the UNI-Dome Saturday with tip-off set for 2 p.m. The game will be available on ESPN3 and KRNT 1350 AM.

Drake says BC transfer Daniels to join team

Former Boston College point guard Jordan Daniels is transferring to Drake.

The Bulldogs say Daniels will be eligible at the end of the fall semester next season. Daniels will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

The 5-foot-9 Daniels averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 assists for the Eagles in 2011-12 while starting 25 games. Daniels, a native of Fontana, Calif., had a career-high 21 points in a victory against Florida State last season.

Drake coach Mark Phelps says Daniels is a quick, composed and poised point guard who is also an outstanding 3-point shooter.

Drake announced the addition of Daniels on Wednesday.