SJSU's basketball bracket "busted" by Drake 73-57.

The Bulldogs' pressure defense forced San Jose State into matching a season high with 20 turnovers. Drake scored 27 points off the Spartans' miscues. SJS suffered its fifth straight loss, and falls to 6-17 on the season.

DES MOINES, IOWA — With his older brother, Kyle, finishing runner-up in the NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout, Klayton Korver also had a night to remember collecting 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to pace Drake to a 73-57 home victory past San Jose State as part of Bracket Buster Saturday.

The Bulldogs, who snapped a three-game losing streak, enjoyed a 32-21 halftime lead and never looked back.

For the fourth time this season Drake had five players score in double figures. Senior forward Pete Eggers added 15 points, while freshman guard Chris Bryant came off the bench to tally 12.

Senior guard Lonnie Randolph and sophomore reserve guard Nick Grant added 10 points apiece for Drake which improved to 9-15.

"JO (assistant coach Justin Ohl) came in the locker after the game and told me Kyle finished second," said Klayton Korver, who enjoyed his second double-double of the season. "I'm sure Kyle is really mad."

"Klayton is just tapping the surface," said Drake coach Tom Davis. "He gives you everything he has and it is reflected with his attitude. His rebounding and defense has really improved. Who knows how good a player Klayton can be?"

The Bulldogs' pressure defense forced San Jose State into matching a season high with 20 turnovers. Drake scored 27 points off the Spartans' miscues.

For the second time in the last three games, Grant matched a career high with five steals.

"Our defense was real good in the first half," added Davis whose squad collected 12 steals. "Then our team came out in the second half with a lot of intensity. "

San Jose State, suffering its fifth straight loss, fell to 6-17. Junior guard Eric Bloom led the Spartans with 16 points. Senior forward Marquin Chandler, the Spartans' leading scorer (20.6 avg.), was held to a season-low 12 points but did collect nine rebounds.

"I think part of that was the function of the press," added Davis. "They were rattled and rushed a lot of shots."

San Jose State shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, including 25.9 percent in the first half.

Trailing 8-6 with 14:40 left in the first half, Drake went on a 24-8 scoring spree in the next 12 minutes 24 seconds to enjoy a 30-16 lead. Korver had eight points to trigger the outburst.

A three-point basket by Eggers with 10:32 left in the game gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 57-33.

Drake outrebounded San Jose State, 43-40, with sophomore center Aliou Keita grabbing 11 rebounds. It marked the fourth time in the last six games Keita had reached double figures in rebounding.

Randolph climbed into No. 17 on the Drake career scoring list with 1,014 points surpassing Dolph Pulliam (1966-69, 1,007) who is now a radio analyst on Drake basketball games.

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