MVC: Bulldogs outlast Bradley in OT

DES MOINES – Pulling away with a 10-2 run in the extra session, the Drake men’s basketball team outlasted Bradley in overtime 92-84 at the Knapp Center Wednesday.

Jordan Clarke scored six of his career-high 20 points after regulation and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Bulldogs (12-15, 6-10) snapped a four-game slide.

The Braves rallied with six straight points to pull within 80-78 with 1:47 to play, before Drake closed it out with their decisive run.

Seth VanDeest and Ben Simons each scored 14 points as Drake overcame an 23-for-58 effort from the field. Chris Hines added 12 points and the Bulldogs made 38-of-44 at the free throw line.

Will Egolf led Bradley (15-13, 7-9) with a game-high 21 points and Walt Lemon Jr. added 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs host Green Bay as part of ESPN’s BracketBusters Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Evansville 79, Illinois State 62

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Colt Ryan continued his climb up the scoring charts, pouring in 31 points as Evansville defeated Illinois State 79-62.

Ryan now has 2,092 career points and is just 144 points shy of Evansville’s all-time leader, Larry Humes (2,236 from 1963-66), with three regular-season games plus the Missouri Valley Conference tournament remaining. Ryan also moved past Bradley’s Roger Phegley (1974-78) into 11th place on the MVC all-time scoring list.

The Purple Aces (15-13, 8-8 Missouri Valley) never trailed, jumping out to an 11-2 lead en route to a 42-33 halftime advantage. Evansville stretched its lead to as many as 23 points in the second half.

Ned Cox added 16 points for Evansville and Egidijus Mockevicius had 11 rebounds.

Tyler Brown scored 21 points for Illinois State (16-12, 7-9), which had won seven of its past nine games after starting 0-6 in conference play. Jackie Carmichael added 14 rebounds.