first_img vs. Bradley 3/2/2017 – 8:30 p.m. Bradley (12-19, 7-11 MVC) earned its third-straight win while outrebounding Drake, 48-24, and recording 23 second-chance points compared to Drake’s eight. The Braves were led by Donte Thomas with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Darrell Brown added 15 points while Koch Bar just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. “We had a hard time stopping them and a big part of stopping them is finishing the play with a rebounds and we had a very challenging day on the boards,” Rutter said.Despite a 7-of-29 shooting performance in the first half as both offenses struggled early, the Bulldogs were down only 30-26 going into halftime.”It was tough to find some flow in the first half,” Rutter said. “We had a couple pretty good spurts in the first half where we had that flow, but the second half was much better offensively.”Drake used a 7-0 run early in the second half to tie the game at 43-43, off a Schlatter jumper with 13:26 left. The Bulldogs stayed with two possessions for the next eight minutes until Bradley began to pull away to amass a 12-point, 78-66, lead with 2:50 left. The Bulldogs continued to battle and drew as close as eight points before ultimately falling in the season finale.Drake plays next at the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., as the No. 10 seed. The Bulldogs play the No. 7 seed Thursday, March 2 with tipoff at 8:30 p.m.”I’m a lucky guy having the chance to work with this team each and every day,” said head coach Jeff Rutter. “They are incredibly coachable, and really play for each other. We’re not done yet.”Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with an 82-74 loss to Bradley at the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon.Drake (7-23, 5-13 MVC) was led by redshirt junior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who scored a season-high 22 points and matched a career-high with five three-pointers on a 5-of-7 afternoon from the arc. Woodward has now made 15-of-25 three-pointers in his last four games to continue his strong play to end the season. He was followed by junior De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and redshirt sophomore Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) who recorded 15 and 10 points, respectively. McMurray also added five assists while Schlatter nabbed four rebounds.”I’m incredibly proud of our guys and how they fought this afternoon,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “We didn’t get the win we were hoping for, but we did some good things today.”last_img

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