Men’s Basketball Fights To The Finish In Loss At Bradley

first_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s basketball team faced an 18-point deficit but clawed back in the second half to nearly catch Bradley in a 79-72 loss Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs return home to host Illinois State Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. The Redbirds entered this weekend sitting on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Print Friendly Version However, despite the Drake defense holding Bradley without a field goal for the final six minutes of the game, the Braves were able to score from the free-throw line to keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer. Bradley finished the game shooting 27-of-35 from the line and was 9-of-12 from the line in the final two minutes. Illinois State 2/7/2017 – 7 p.m. Bradley sank back-to-back three-pointers to take an 18-7 lead less than 12 minutes into the game as Drake made just two of its first nine shots to open the game. Early in the second half, Drake went on a 10-3 run that featured a pair of three-pointers from Arogunade to pull the Bulldogs within 13 points, 50-37, with 14:21 left. The teams swapped baskets for the next 10 minutes until four-straight free-throws from Woodward and Timmer started an 8-1 spurt to narrow the margin to just five points, 70-65, with 2:36 left. Drake (7-17, 5-7 MVC) shot 45.5 percent in the second half with T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) recording his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led Drake with 13 points while Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) added 12 and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) 11. Arogundade connected on three second-half three-pointers to help the Bulldogs pull within five points multiple times in the final minutes of the game. The Braves drained a total of six three pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game two more back-to-back three-pointers put the Braves up 26-11 with nine minutes left in the half. Later, an 8-0 run from Bradley extended its lead to 36-18 with 3:45 remaining in the period en route to a 41-23 halftime lead. Bradley (9-16, 4-8 MVC) was paced by 20 points from Darrell Brown with 14 of them coming at the free-throw line. Donte Thomas added 19 points and nine rebounds to help the Braves snap their six-game losing streak. “They [Bradley] won it in the first10 minutes of the game,” Rutter said. “We talk about wanting to get teams on their heels,  and it was just the opposite. Bradley got us on our heels and out of sorts on offense.” Next Game: “I thought we played well in the second half, but in the first half we were out of sorts and dug ourselves a hole,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “Credit our guys in the second half played like we normally do and put up a fight. I’m proud of that.”last_img read more