Late Free Throws Sink Drury Men

by Drury Athletics

Even returning home for the first time in over a month couldn’t aid the Drury Panthers in their attempts to shake their string of down-to-the-wire losses in a 71-70 setback to the Greyhounds of Indianapolis at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday night.

Jimmy King hit a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to give the Greyhounds the one-point win just moments after Drury senior Allen Billinger drained a three-pointer make from deep in the corner to put the Panthers up 70-69 with eight seconds left in the contest.  On the final possession of the game, King drove the length of the floor, was fouled on a loose ball and went the line for the deciding points.

The setback was the sixth this season in which Drury has come up short by a single possession and drops them to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.  The Panthers have lost four of their last five games by a total of five points.

“We have to do a better job of helping late and when it’s a one or two point game you sometimes can over-analyze things,” said Steve Hesser, Drury head coach.  “We just didn’t make the play late, and they did, and we simply came up short once again.”

The Greyhounds’ Trevor Lakes opened the contest with five consecutive three-pointers and helped pace Indianapolis to a 39-37 lead at intermission. The visitors hit on 8 of 15 long-range attempts in the half, while Drury was 6 of 13 from behind the arc.

Billinger finished with 20 points to lead the Panthers, with sophomore Conley Garrison, junior Kamau Kinder and senior Tyler Clanton adding 14 points each. Lakes closed with a game-high 21 points as the Greyhounds improved to 10-4 and 3-1 in league play.

Drury outrebounded the Greyhounds 32-30 and were 26 of 52 shooting for 50 percent on the night while Indianapolis was 24 of 54 shooting for 44 percent.

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