DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ben Simons scored 16 points as Drake rallied in the second half to overtake Eastern Michigan 66-53 on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs trailed 27-24 at intermission but scored the first eight points of the second half, three each by Simons and Clarke and two by Rayvonte Rice. That created a lead they never relinquished.
Thompson's 3-pointer trimmed Eastern Michigan's deficit to 47-43 with 4:28 to play, but the Eagles were forced to foul, and Drake extended its lead from the line by sinking 13 of 17 free throws in the final 4:09.
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