BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Drury put the defensive clamps on Southwest Baptist's three-point shooting ways and as a result, the eighth-ranked Panthers rolled to a 97-70 victory against the Bearcats on Tuesday night in the annual "Highway 13 Cat Fight" at the Meyer Sports Center.
The defending national champions pushed their school-record winning streak to 25 games with the lopsided victory against the Bearcats (1-2) before a packed house.They did it by rolling to a 44-27 halftime lead against SBU, holding the Bearcats -- who had made 18 three-pointers in their Saturday night win against Arkansas Tech -- to just two treys (in seven attempts) during the first 20 minutes.
Drury put away any doubt about the outcome with a quick start to the second half, putting together a 13-2 run to build a 57-29 lead.
It marked the first time since 2006 that a road team had picked up the victory in the series, as the Panthers rolled for a second consecutive time in the matchup, after winning 73-44 last season.
Kameron Bundy had a career-high 23 points and added six assists to lead six Panthers in double-figures. Ian Carter, Sean Osler and Cameron Adams added 12 points each and Ben Fisher and Drake Patterson tallied 10 points apiece for the Panthers.
But defense won this game for DU, as the Panthers held SBU to just 6-for-24 shooting from three-point range and 43 percent (23 of 54) on all shots. The Bearcats' shooting woes extended to the foul line as well, where they made just 18 of 33 tries (55 percent).
Drury made 34 of 62 shots (55 percent), and outrebounded the Bearcats 42-33, with Carter pulling down a game-high seven boards.
The Panthers also cut their turnovers down from 27 in Friday's opening 87-63 victory against Division III Webster to just 11 against the Bearcats.
Master's 71, No. 7 Cal Poly Pomona 70
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – A second-half rally fell short on Tuesday as Cal Poly Pomona suffered a 71-70 loss at Master's.
The Mustangs hit seven 3-pointers in the opening half to build a 42-30 lead going into the break. CPP elevated its defensive intensity in the second half and a last-minute layup from Daniel Rodriguez pulled the Broncos to within one point.
CPP had a chance to take the lead on its final possession but came up empty as the result dropped the Broncos' overall mark to 1-1 this season. Four CPP players scored in double figures, including Jordan Faison, Rodriguez and Ryan Hall all setting career-bests in points.
Faison finished with 19 points on nine-for-13 shooting while Rodriguez collected 16 points on a seven-for-nine effort from the field. Bell dished out five assists while Scott pulled down a team-high seven boards.