Men’s Basketball Falls In the Final Minute At Bradley, 73-70

first_img Next Game: Full Schedule Roster at Missouri State 2/24/2016 – 7:00 PM Box Score (HTML) Story Links Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) Preview PEORIA, Ill. – Bradley’s Donte Thomas connected on what proved to be a game-winning three-pointer with 23 seconds left to defeat the Drake University men’s basketball team, 73-70, Saturday night at Carver Arena.”It was well guarded, was what we would have wanted and a good player made a heck of a play,” Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti said of the possession that led to the game-winning shot as the shot clock expired.The three-pointer was the only one of the evening for Thomas who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds while Antoine Pittman had a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Bradley (5-24, 3-13 MVC).Drake (6-22, 1-15 MVC) was paced by a pair of 20-point scorers. Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) added 20 points and four assists. The Bulldogs held a 9-point, 61-52, lead with 6:30 left that evaporated during the next 3:30 as Bradley went on a 13-2 run to take a two-point, 65-63, lead on five-straight points from Pittman. Pittman scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the second period and seven during that run.Drake tied the game twice in the next two minutes before Thomas’ three-pointer put the Braves up for good. “They scored on 10 of their last 11 possession and you’ve got to be able to get stops,” Giacoletti said. “You have to play defense without fouling and trust in each other. We have to learn how to finish and get stops to win games.”Drake opened up the game by making 5-of-7 three-point shots including an early barrage of three-pointers from Abrahamson to carry a 41-32 lead into intermission. Abrahamson finished the half with 14 points while Timmer added 12 points and three assists. Timmer’s final points of the half came on a three-pointer with 1:23 left in the period to give Drake its biggest lead of the half at 41-30. Drake finished the half shooting 57.1 percent from the field and held Bradley without a field goal for the final 3:30 to build up that lead. “We were pretty dialed in and efficient,” Giacoletti said of the first half. “I feel awful for these guys to lead 30-to-35 minutes and we can’t find a way to sneak one out.”Drake finished the game shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range but faced an 8-rebound deficit on the glass despite Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) hauling in a career-high seven rebounds while Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) added five.The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for their final road game of the season at Missouri State. Tipoff from the Bears’ JQH Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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