Men’s Basketball To Host Concordia-St. Paul In Lone Exhibition

December 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgStory Links 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Preseason Notes Live Stats Live Audio center_img Buy Tickets DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team hosts Concordia-St. Paul in its lone exhibition contest on the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. following the women’s exhibition against Mid America Nazarene at 2 p.m.  The exhibition will be fans’ first opportunity to get a look at the 2016-17 Bulldogs prior to next Friday’s season opener against South Dakota.Fans in attendance at Saturday’s exhibition will also receive a limited number of 2016-17 schedule posters.The Bulldogs take to the Knapp Center court led by preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who is the MVC’s top returning scorer after averaging 16.8 points per game as a sophomore in 2015-16. In addition to Timmer, the team returns five other players that saw time in the starting five last season and eight players who averaged 10 or more minutes per game.Added to that mix are a pair of junior college transfers that will be making their Knapp Center debut in De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.). McMurray averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 assists per game as a point guard at Southwestern Illinois College while Thomas averaged 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in one season at Tyler Junior College. The Bulldogs also welcome a pair redshirts back to the fold in center Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton, Iowa) and Johannes Dolven (Oslo, Norway).Concordia-St. Paul already has one exhibition win under its belt this year, a 73-65 win over Northland on Wednesday evening. The Golden Bears shot 43.4 percent from the field and enjoyed a 24-rebound advantage in the win. Bryndan Matthews led the team with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The sophomore is the team’s top returning scorer having averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 46.8 percent of his shots from the floor.Following Saturday’s exhibition, the Bulldogs return to the practice court prior to opening the season in earnest on Friday, Nov. 11, against South Dakota. Tipoff for the opener is set for 8:35 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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