Thomas leads Bradley past Drake, 67-58 and into quarters
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donte Thomas scored 17 points and No. 7 seed Bradley beat No. 10 seed Drake, 67-58 in a first-round Missouri Valley Conference Tournament game Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Braves advance to the quarterfinals on Friday night, where they face No. 2 seed Wichita State.
Thomas hit a layup, a jumper and another layup to get Bradley started in the second half, but Drake hung on with a pair of Reed Timmer 3-pointers but could never overtake the Braves (13-19).
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 11 points and Koch Bar and Darrell Brown each contributed 10 more as Bradley shot 23 of 53 from the field (43.4 percent), including 5 of 15 from 3-point range.
Drake (7-24) got 13 points from De’Antae McMurray, 12 from T.J. Thomas and 11 from Timmer while shooting 32.8 percent (19 of 58).