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Drake vs Illinois State Final: 82-77 - Recap

Drake grabbed an 82-77 win over Illinois State on Saturday, behind a 23-point effort from Ben Simons at Redbird Arena.

Drake was a 12-point underdog in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters.

Chris Hines had 23 points for Drake and Jordan Clarke chipped in with 16 points. Joey King had 4 assists for them, while Jordan Clarke was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 11 boards.

Illinois State got a 24-point performance from Johnny Hill, who was supported by 22 points from Bryant Allen. Bryant Allen had 4 assists in a losing cause for Illinois State, while Jackie Carmichael grabbed 12 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Illinois State were victorious, as the score was 41-32 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Drake as they grabbed 38 boards, while Illinois State only had 36.