Box Score (HTML) Despite scoring the first points of the game, the Bulldogs shot only 1-of-5 early, allowing Bradley to use an 11-0 run to take a 13-4 lead. Drake stormed back, going on an 18-5 run where it shot 7-of-11 and to take a 22-18 lead. Both teams continued to battle back and forth until Bradley put up nine-straight points for a 31-26 lead before a late 3-pointer by Woodward helped Drake tie the game at 33-33 going into halftime. Arogundade added five rebounds along with senior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who also added 13 points. Senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) and junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) both had 11 points. McGlynn nabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Preview In a game of runs, Bradley opened the second half with an 8-0 run for a 41-35 lead. After some back and forth play, the Bulldogs recorded their own 8-0 run for a 54-48 lead followed by another Bradley run to give the Braves a narrow two-point lead Back-to-back three-pointers by Woodward and Arogundade gave Drake a four-point lead before McGlynn secured the win with a critical rebound and a pair of free throws in the final seconds. Story Links “Tonight was a great team win and we found a way to win tonight with defense and toughness,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “We had five guys with five or more rebounds and it was a great team effort on the glass.” Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team opened its Missouri Valley Conference season with a thrilling 66-64 win over visiting Bradley, Thursday evening in the Knapp Center. Box Score (PDF) The Bulldogs were led by senior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) who matched a season-high with 15 points on a 5-of-11 shooting performance and a 3-of-5 evening from three-point range including a three-pointer with 2:14 left to give Drake a four-point lead. Following Thursday’s MVC opener, the Bulldogs return to the road to take on SIU Dec. 31 at SIU Arena. Tipoff for Drake’s first conference road matchup is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Live Stats 1350 ESPN The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Bradley (10-4, 0-1 MVC) was led by Darrell Brown who recorded a game-high 19 points. Donte Thomas added 10 points while Koch Bar just missed double figures with nine. Elijah Childs grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. “We’ve got to enjoy this win and move on,” Arogundade said. “We’ll get the gameplan ready and be ready to go in Carbondale.”Print Friendly Version “I was aggressive tonight and I felt good,” Arogundade said. “De’Tae [McMurray] found me in the corner. Today in practice he was telling me to catch and shoot and be ready to shoot and I just rose up and hit the shot.” at SIU 12/31/2017 – 3 p.m. Full Schedule Roster The back-and-forth contest featured nine ties and 10 lead changes with neither team leading by more than nine points as Drake (7-7, 1-0 MVC) shot 22-51 (43.1 percent) including 7-18 (38.9 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. The Bulldogs dished out 12 assists and nabbed 35 rebounds to hold a three-rebound advantage over Bradley. By securing its seventh win of the season, Drake matched its win total for each of the last two seasons. “My teammates gathered around me and encouraged me to take deep breaths and that support helped me clear my mind and knock those down,” McGlynn said.