Drake destroys Aces in MVC opener, 94-66

DES MOINES – Jordan Daniels scored 28 points and added three assists as Drake defeated Evansville 94-66 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night at the Knapp Center.

Richard Carter put up 19 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0). Chris Caird had 10 points and Aaron Hawley came off the bench to score 12. Drake hit 61 percent from the field overall, 65.5 percent from the line and sank 65.5 percent from 3-point range.

A Daniels 3-pointer at 16:25 in the first capped a 12-2 Bulldog run to start the game.

Evansville’s D.J. Balentine scored nine points in the final minute of the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to cut the Aces’ deficit to four points at the break.

The Bulldogs completely dominated the second stanza, outscoring the Purple Aces 55-31 after the break.

Balentine led the Aces (7-7) with 20 points.