Men’s Basketball Claims Sole Possession of First Place with Win Over Bradley

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – In a back-and-forth Missouri Valley Conference game, the Drake University basketball team claimed sole possession of first place with a 77-68 win over Bradley Tuesday night inside the Knapp Center.Five players scored in double-figures for Drake (21-7, 10-5 MVC) led by Brady Ellingson with 17 points. DJ Wilkins (Merrillville, Ind.) scored 14 points while Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) just missed his 10th double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Anthony and Tremmell Murphy (Griffith, Ind.), combined for 25 points as Anthony equaled his career-high of 12 points.Elijah Childs scored a game-high 24 points for Bradley (15-13, 7-8 MVC). Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye was the only other Brave in double digits with 13 points.”Late in the year, wins are hard to come by and tonight was not any different,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It came down the wire and was back-and-forth down the stretch. Our guys did a great job of competing and battling.” The first half featured eight lead changes and six ties. Drake made 15-of-18 from the free throw line and overcame a slow shooting start to finish at 44.0 percent (11-of-25), including knocking down five three-pointers. Wilkins scored a team-high 12 points while Ellingson added nine points in the first half. The Bulldogs’ 42 first-half points are a season-high allowed by the Braves to an MVC opponent.In the second half, Sturtz stopped a nearly four-minute-long scoring drought with a layup at the 11:49 mark that tied the game at 53-53 after Bradley, which went on 17-9 run to begin the final period, had taken its first lead since late in the first half. The Braves led 55-53 at the under-12 media timeout behind hot-shooting, 7-of-10, from the floor, including two three-pointers and three free throws, as the Bulldogs struggled to make just 4-of-13 after the halftime break. However, Ellingson evened the game with a pair of free throws for the 10th tie in the game.Following Tuesday’s home game, Drake travels to Normal, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 24 to play Illinois State at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) Story Links at Illinois State 2/24/2019 – 1 p.m. Bradley held an 11-7 at the first media timeout as Drake struggled shooting, making just 2-of-9. After the first break, the Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run past the second media timeout, to lead 17-14.After it fell behind 34-33 with 1:40 left in the period, Drake closed the half with an 11-2 scoring run, that included seven points by Wilkins, the last two on a great hustle play by the freshman as he rebounded a missed layup by Sturtz and just beat the halftime buzzer to send Drake to the break with a 42-36 lead. Next Game:center_img Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN CBS Sports Network Listen Live Watch Live However, Bradley answered with its own run to pull all the way back to within three points after Childs’ dunk with 38 seconds to play. The Bulldogs didn’t panic though as they beat the Braves’ press with Garrett Sturtz (Newton, Iowa) passing to McGlynn for a huge dunk. Bradley tried to extend the game, but Drake made 4-of-4 from the free throws to seal the win. Overall, the Bulldogs made a season-high 31-of-36 free throws. The game featured 10 lead changes and 11 ties with Bradley’s last lead, 58-57, after McGlynn’s jumper with 8:53 to play pulled the Bulldogs to within one point. Drake countered with a run to lead by seven, 70-63, with just under five minutes, helped by seven free throws after two technical fouls and one flagrant foul were called on the Braves. Photos “Our guys did a nice job of being in attack mode and forcing the issue,” DeVries said. “Because of that they were able to get to the free throw line and that was able to keep us in the game while our offense sputtered. We had a lot of guys step up and knock them down.”last_img

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