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Drake shooter breaks out of slump to beat Iowa State

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

DES MOINES - After a terrible game against Iowa, Drake's Luke McDonald did what all good shooters do.

He kept shooting.

Saturday night, McDonald shot it so well that he scored 27 points as Drake beat Iowa State 72-58.

"I consider myself a shooter and I have a shooter's mentality," McDonald said. "I don't have any conscience out there. I don't care if I miss the first 10, I'm going to play as if I made the first 10.

"The only way you can get out of a slump is to shoot out of it."

McDonald broke out of this one quickly. He made only 3 of 12 shots and scored just nine points at Iowa. Against Iowa State, he scored 11 in the first 6:12, then had 14 during an eight-minute stretch in the second half to help Drake pull away.

He finished 9 of 16 from the field with five 3-pointers.

"I thought he was disappointed in how he played the last game at Iowa," Drake coach Kurt Kanaskie said. "He injured his thumb early in the game and really had it taped heavily the last two days in practice. But I don't think he even felt it. He just played right through it."

McDonald has a strained muscle between the thumb and forefinger on this shooting hand.

"I've gotten kind of used to it," he said. "It's just whenever I make a fist. It doesn't really affect me when I play basketball. It just hurts a little bit."

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