Fifth-ranked Drury jumps out to fast start to defeat Missouri S&T
ROLLA, Mo. -- Drury jumped on Missouri S&T with a flurry from the start and rolled to an 88-67 victory versus the Miners in the regular-season finale for both teams Thursday night at the Bullman Multipurpose Building.
As a result, coach Steve Hesser's defending national champion Panthers (24-2) finished the GLVC season with a 16-2 league mark to wrap up a sixth West Division title in nine seasons as a league member, and more importantly, will take the No. 1 overall seed for next week's Deaconess GLVC championships tourney in Evansville, Ind.
The Panthers will play the No. 8 seed -- determined after Sunday's first-round play-in games -- on Friday at a time to be determined.
Cameron Adams led four Panthers in double-figures with 20 points, Ian Carter added 17 points -- and with two blocked shots, became Drury's all-time leader with 114, surpassing the 113 by Kevin Wells from 1989-94 -- while Kameron Bundy added 14 points and Drake Patterson had 10 to lead DU.
A Panthers team that had struggled in the first half of its past four games to get out of the 20s walloped the Miners with 52 points in building a 52-30 halftime advantage, making 18 of 22 shots (82 percent) while holding S&T to 33 percent (11 of 33).
From there, the Panthers finished off the Miners (12-14, 7-11) for the season sweep.
No. 9 Indianapolis 109, Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 102
RENSSELAER, Ind. -- On the final day of the regular season, Indianapolis (23-3, 15-3 GLVC) secured a share of the GLVC East Division title with a 109-102 win at Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Thursday night. With a first-round bye in the upcoming GLVC tournament secured, the Greyhounds shared the East title with Wisconsin-Parkside, as each finished the conference season with a 15-3 league mark.
Senior Reece Cheatham provided the biggest of many offensive highlights for the Hounds by becoming just the 24th player in program history to surpass 1,200 career points. Cheatham came into the night needing 15 points to reach the milestone and nearly reached 1,200 before the halftime buzzer. He compiled 14 first-half points before finishing a team-high 26.
Cheatham drained back-to-back 3-poniters early in the second half to surpass the mark. In all, he connected on five shots from distance, moving into a fifth on the school's all-time list with 166 career triples.
Sophomore Jordan Loyd had a special night as well, as he came off the bench to notch a pair of career highs with 20 points and eight rebounds. Two other Hounds finished in double figures, as junior Brennan McElroy compiled 18 points, seven boards and five steals and senior Jared Grady added 12 points.