NewsUS

Drake basketball 2021 NCAA Tournament. Joseph Yesufu sparks Drake rally past Wichita .

Drake basketball 2021 NCAA Tournament. Joseph Yesufu sparks Drake rally past Wichita .
wichita state basketball

Drake basketball 2021 NCAA Tournament. Joseph Yesufu sparks Drake rally past Wichita .

Drake basketball Drake basketball past Joseph Yesufu NCAA … Wichita sparks Tournament: Drake rally

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:00:00 -0700

Drake's sophomore point guard hits the big shots when needed, gets help from Tremell Murphy and Darnell Brodie, in NCAA Tournament victory

.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.

— Joseph Yesufu led the Drake men’s basketball team to a win exactly 50 years in the making Thursday, shaking his Bulldogs from their slumber in both halves to pull out a 53-52 victory over Wichita State in a First Four game at the NCAA Tournament.

The last time the Bulldogs won a game in this event was March 18, 1971, when they took down Notre Dame in overtime.

That game, coincidentally, was played in Wichita.

On Thursday at Mackey Arena, with attendance limited to 1,350 fans, Yesufu shook the Shockers with a dunk that you will see replayed for years to come, plus an assortment of teardrop shots in the lane and three gutty 3-pointers.

He finished with 21 points.

Tremell Murphy gave Drake (26-4) the lead for good with his third 3-pointer in the waning minutes, leaving his hand dangling in the air for two seconds in a classic shooter’s pose.

And Drake center Darnell Brodie added a baseline jumper of his own, a rare sight for a big man who is asked to rebound more than score, to push the Bulldogs’ lead to four points.

Wichita State saw a last-second 3-pointer bounce off the front rim to seal the Drake victory.

The Bulldogs, who went 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half and seven more in the second half, were a strange mixture of offensive futility followed by scoring frenzies.

Yesufu, a sophomore from Bolingbrook, Illinois, was the catalyst for it all.

The Bulldogs advance to face sixth-seeded USC at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Yesufu’s best moment came in the first half, when gathered a pass in transition and drove one-on-one against Shockers defender Clarence Jackson, appearing as if he might attempt a contested layup.

Nope.

Yesufu, who is only 6 feet tall, instead sprang up for a one-handed dunk over the 6-7 Jackson and let a shout as he ran back downcourt.

If Yesufu is ever able to profit from his image, Jackson might end up on one of his more popular posters.

Yesufu then buried a 3-pointer to keep Drake within 21-20 at intermission, an unfathomable thought just moments earlier.

Wichita State, a onetime Drake rival in the Missouri Valley Conference, finished 16-6.

Mark Emmert covers the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Register.

Reach him at memmert@registermedia.com or 319-339-7367.

Follow him on Twitter at @MarkEmmert.

.

Drake basketball Drake basketball

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:00:00 -0700

The Wichita State Shockers lost to the Drake Bulldogs, 53-52, in a First Four March Madness game

.

Drake advances to play USC Trojans in the NCAA 

– March 19, 2021
wichita state basketball

Tags
Back to top button