M BASKETBALL: Drake comeback spoils career effort by Staiger

Lucca Staiger had 24 points, but Iowa State gave up a second half lead in a loss to Drake. Photo: Trevor Patch/Iowa State Daily

Gene Pavelko

Lucca Staiger had 24 points, but Iowa State gave up a second half lead in a loss to Drake. Photo: Trevor Patch/Iowa State Daily

Corey Aldritt —

Lucca Staiger’s eight 3-pointers — wasted.

Iowa State was up 60-50 with less than seven minutes to play, but Drake went on a 16-3 run to end the game and beat the Cyclones 66-63 Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum in front of a crowd of 13,445.

Staiger’s hot shooting from 3-point land propelled Iowa State to a 10-point lead with just over seven minutes to play in the second half.

With Iowa State (6-2) on the verge of pulling away, Drake (7-2) was able to work their way back into the game. Drake used a full-court press to go on a 14-2 run and take a 64-62 lead with three minutes remaining.

With Drake clinging on to the two point lead with under a minute remaining, Craig Brackins was fouled attempting a shot to tie the game. Brackins went to the line and missed the first free throw before making the second.

The Cyclones then sent Craig Stanley to the line, who missed the second of two free throws to keep the Drake lead at two.

Bryan Peterson, who recorded 11 points, had two game-winning 3-point attempts on Iowa State’s final possession, but missed both in the final seconds. Drake’s Adam Templeton went to the line and hit 1 of 2 free throws to cap the scoring for the Bulldogs.

For the third straight season, Drake defeated Iowa State, which hasn’t happened since the mid-1970s.

The Bulldogs had four players in double figures and were led by Josh Young’s 19.

Drake’s zone defense forced the ISU offense to play around the perimeter, and it paid off early as the Cyclones hit their first three 3-pointers of the game to take a quick 9-6 lead. The Bulldogs then started to play a man-to-man defense, and Staiger hit three straight treys to push the lead to 20-9. Staiger scored 15 of the first 20 Cyclone points.

After Iowa State took a 24-11 lead, the 3-point well went dry and Drake mounted a comeback to cut it to 27-24. The two traded buckets the rest of the half and Iowa State led 33-29 going into the half.

The Cyclones scored three quick 3-pointers in the second half, including two by Bryan Petersen, to take a 44-33 lead four minutes into the second half.

Fouls kept Drake in the game early in the second half. At one point Drake had shot 22 free throws to the Cyclones’ three.

The Cyclones committed 19 fouls, and the Bulldogs shot 24 free throws, compared to only six foul attempts by the Cyclones.

Staiger’s 24 points was a career high just one game after he scored a career high 14 points.