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Iowa History Daily: January 26 - Korver Lifts Drake Past Panthers

Iowa History Daily: On January 26, 2008, Klayton Korver hit seven three-pointers to help Drake extend a school record winning streak to 17 games in a 58-54 win over the UNI Panthers. The Bulldogs finished the season 28-5, won the Missouri Valley Conference, and made the NCAA tournament.

Led by new coach Keno Davis, son of legendary Iowa Hawkeye Head Coach Dr. Tom Davis, the Bulldogs entered the season with uncertain expectations. Alongside Korver, former walk-ons Adam Emmenecker and Johnathan “Bucky” Cox helped round out a starting line-up which won the first three games of the season. After a loss to St. Mary’s, the Bulldogs ripped off 21 wins in a row.

By the time the UNI Panthers arrived at the Knapp Center to face Drake in late January, the Bulldogs already boasted wins over both Iowa State and Iowa. Ranked no. 22 in the polls entering the contest, the game went back and forth. Korver led the way with 23 points, including a 7-8 performance from deep. “Klayton Korver had a whale of a game,” remarked UNI’s Ben Jacobson.

After capturing the regular season and tournament MVC titles, the Bulldogs earned a five-seed in the NCAA tournament and faced the twelve-seed Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. After overcoming a 16-point deficit in the last 8 minutes of the game to force overtime, the Bulldogs lost 101–99 on Ty Rogers' desperation 26-foot 3-pointer as time expired. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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