Drury shuts down Prairie Stars, 74-59

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Drury held a high-powered Illinois Springfield offense to just 27 points in the second half and 59 for the game in a 74-59 win over the Prairie Stars on Saturday at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
 
Playing without injured starters Juok Riak and Brock Wakefield, the Panthers limited Illinois Springfield to 40 percent shooting from the field as they went 23 for 58, and the Prairie Stars connected on just 5 of 18 three-point attempts. Entering Saturday’s game, Illinois Springfield had the conference’s second-best scoring average at 81.3 points per game and was shooting 51.3 percent from the floor this season.
 
The Panthers trailed 32-29 at halftime but went on an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 40-35 lead. Drury led by as much as 18 in the second half, and the Prairie Stars could not get closer than 12 down the stretch.
 
“We just wanted to compete hard,” said Drury head coach Chris Foster. “We wanted to take away their shooters and make their post players work.”
 
Before the game, Drury honored the late Rob Yanders, the former Missouri State standout who returned from a professional basketball career overseas to found The Basketball Movement in southwest Missouri, a program that features AAU teams and We Are United Prep.
 
“I told our guys before the game, on a day where we honored Rob, what better way to do it than by just going out and playing as hard as you can,” added Foster.
 
Logan Applegate, a product of We Are United Prep, led all scorers with 16 points. The sophomore from Nevada had 14 of his points come in the second half and he connected on four three-pointers.
 
Riley Naeger and Adam Moore both turned in double-double performances. Naeger had 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while Moore contributed 10 points and also had a career-high in rebounds with 10.
 
The Panthers made 12 three-pointers, going 12 for 37, and out-rebounded Illinois Springfield 47-39.  
 
Jacob Hanna had 14 points to lead the Prairie Stars.
 
Drury plays again next Saturday when they travel to Southwest Baptist for a 3 pm game in Bolivar.
 
 
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