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vs. NoIa 
W 70-67
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@ Wich 
L 54-83
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@ Evan 
L 48-61
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vs. Brad 
W 71-66
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vs. Evan 
L 61-69
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Evansville defeats Drake 69-61 in MVC opener

ST. LOUIS (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius tied a career-high with 19 points, had a career-best eight blocks and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 9 seed Evansville defeated eighth-seeded Drake 69-61 in the opening round of the Missouri Valley tournament Thursday night.

D.J. Balentine added 30 points for Evansville (14-18) which faces top-seeded Wichita State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Jordan Daniels scored to give Drake a 21-19 lead with 8:10 to play in the first half. Evansville answered with a 14-0 run, including six points by Balentine, to take a 33-21 lead and the Purple Aces led the rest of the way.

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Leaders
Points: R. Carter16.6
Rebounds: S. VanDeest5.0
Assists: R. Carter3.8
FG%: R. Carter42.8%
FT%: R. Carter73.8%
3P%: A. Hawley46.6%
Steals: R. Carter1.8
Blocks: J. Enevold Jensen0.7
Missouri Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
2 Wichita State 18-0 35-1
Indiana State 12-6 23-11
UNI 10-8 16-15
Missouri State 9-9 20-13
Illinois State 9-9 18-16
Southern Illinois 9-9 14-19
Bradley 7-11 12-20
Drake 6-12 15-16
Evansville 6-12 14-19
Loyola Chicago 4-14 10-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 68.3 (249)
Rebounds: 8.5 (323)
Assists: 12.7 (168)
FG%: 45.2% (125)
FT%: 71.4% (124)
3P%: 39.6% (13)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 68.2 (120)
Rebounds: 24.1 (153)
Assists: 11.5 (99)
FG%: 44.6% (223)
FT%: 69.6% (161)
3P%: 34.4% (182)
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Florida36-3
2 Wichita State35-1
3 Virginia30-7
4 Arizona33-5
5 Louisville31-6
6 Villanova29-5
7 Michigan28-9
8 Duke26-9
9 Iowa State28-8
10 Kansas25-10
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut32-8
2 Kentucky29-11
3 Florida36-3
4 Wisconsin30-8
5 Arizona33-5
6 Michigan28-9
7 Wichita State35-1
8 Michigan State29-9
9 Louisville31-6
10 Virginia30-7
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