Panthers renew their rivalry at Rockhurst, Sat., 3 pm

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Drury Panthers (4-8, 1-3) at Rockhurst Hawks (5-9, 0-4)
Sat., Jan. 15, 2022 – 3 pm – Kansas City, Mo.    
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Panthers renew rivalry at Rockhurst
The Drury Panthers renew a rivalry that’s nearly a century old as Drury travels to Rockhurst on Saturday for a 3 pm tipoff in Kansas City, Missouri.
Drury is 4-8, 1-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Panthers lost on Thursday at William Jewell 68-58.
Rockhurst has had their last three games canceled due to COVID-19 issues and hasn’t played since Jan. 4. The Hawks are 5-9 and 0-4 in the GLVC.
Saturday’s game is a rematch of a Dec. 4 contest won by the Panthers 91-62 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Malek Davis scored a season-high 28 points in that game and went 8 for 14 from three-point range. Obi Okafor contributed a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. The Panthers owned a 50-26 lead at halftime in that contest, and they outrebounded Rockhurst 50-24 in the game. 
Drury leads the all-time series against Rockhurst 77-45 and has won six straight against the Hawks as well as 24 of the last 28 match-ups.
About the Hawks
Rockhurst will be playing their first game since Jan. 4 as they have had their last three contests canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hawks lost that Jan. 4 contest, 68-65, at William Jewell and have gone 0-2 since the holiday break, with their other loss coming to Missouri S&T, 82-62.
Rockhurst has a balanced scoring attack, with Nick Volz averaging 15.1 points and shooting .580 from the field. Jake Auer is averaging 15 and has had 48 three-pointers in 14 games.
The Hawks are one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the conference shooting .750 from the stripe so far this season.
Seeking road breakthrough
The Panthers are looking for their first road win on Saturday at Rockhurst. Drury opened the season with a win away from home, defeating Ohio Dominican 84-69 on a neutral floor at Ferris State, but the Panthers are 0-5 in true road contests this season. Last year, the Panthers went 5-6 on the road but finished the year winning four of their last five road contests.
Next Up
Drury finishes their three-game road trip on Monday with a 3 pm game at Truman State.
Drury: 4-8, 1-3
RU: 5-9, 0-4
Head Coaches
Drury: Chris Foster (1st year, 4-8/8th year, 121-88)
RU: Drew Diener (7th year, 87-89/14th yr., 255-132)
Last Game
Drury: Lost at William Jewell 68-58 (Thur.)
RU: Lost at William Jewell 68-65 (Jan. 4)
Last 5 Games
Drury: 2-3
RU: 3-2
Drury: Lost 3
RU: Lost 2
All-Time Series
Drury 77-45
2020-21 Series
Drury 91 Rockhurst 62 (Dec. 4, 2021 at DU)
Drury at Truman St. — Mon., Jan. 17, 2022
3 pm — Kirksville, Mo. 

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