The Drake Bulldogs squeaked out a 60-59 win over Southern Illinois on Monday night. The Bulldogs led 35-27 at half but needed a pair of free throws from Garrett Sturtz with 23 seconds left to get the win.
The Salukis opened the second half on a 14-0 run to grab the lead and the game became a see saw after that. Southern Illinois grabbed a 59-58 lead with 38 seconds left on a hoop in the lane by Marcus Domask. Sturtz then drew the foul to grab the lead back for good.
Sturtz finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tucker DeVries added 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Bulldogs improved to 13-5 on the season.
Drake has a quick turnaround with a Wednesday home game against Bradley at 7:00 p.m.