PEORIA, Ill. — Reed Timmer made all six of his free throws in the final 66 seconds and matched his season high with 32 points to guide Drake to 78-68 victory over Bradley on Saturday night.
Timmer hit four 3-pointers and sank 12 of his 14 free throws to help the Bulldogs (13-12, 7-5 Missouri Valley Conference) hand the Braves (17-8, 7-5) their first home loss of the season in conference play. Nick McGlynn had 14 points, Jalen Gibbs scored 10 and C.J. Rivers snared 10 rebounds for Drake. Timmer’s 32 points also marks his career high.
Darrell Brown scored 20 and added eight assists, for a fourth straight game, for Bradley. Donte Thomas had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and Elijah Childs picked up his third double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
Drake led 36-33 at halftime, but the Braves pulled even on Brown’s 3-pointer on the first shot of the second half. Koch Bar’s layup put the Braves on top 50-48 midway through the second half, but two Noah Thomas free throws knotted the score and Timmer’s layup and a 3 from Graham Woodward put the Bulldogs up 55-50 with just under 11 minutes to play. Timmer scored the first five in a 9-2 run to put the game out of reach.