Drake sophomore Reed Timmer scored 10 of his 17 points in overtime Saturday as Drake pulled away from Loyola for a 69-59 win at the Knapp Center. Timmer, a 6-foot-1 guard, also hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to force a tie at the end of regulation.
Loyola (14-16, 7-11 MVC) led 32-23 early in the second half, but Drake quickly cut the lead to two points with 12:22 remaining. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the period, 35-34, on a 3-pointer by guard Graham Woodward with 10:57 remaining.
The two teams traded bucket for the rest of the second half. Neither team led by more than one possession in the final 12:22.
Junior guard Milton Doyle scored Loyola’s last eight points in regulation, and his layup with 26 seconds left gave the Ramblers a 48-45 lead. Timmer responded with a 3-pointer and was fouled as well, but he missed the free throw. Doyle missed two jumpers in the final seconds of regulation, leading to overtime.
Drake (7-23, 2-16) scored the first eight points in overtime. Loyola responded with a 4-1 spurt and trailed 57-52 with 1:19 remaining.
The Bulldogs cashed in on their late free throws to pull away once more.
Doyle finished with 20 points for Loyola, although he shot only 8-of-22 from the field. Sophomore wing Donte Ingram recorded 12 points and shot 6-of-7 from the foul line. Senior guard Devon Turk had eight points, all in the first half, as Drake later locked down the sharpshooter.
While Timmer carried Drake in crunch time, 7-foot freshman Dominik Olejniczak led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Woodward had 12 points off the bench while 6-foot-3 guard Ore Arogundade narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 15 rebounds.
Loyola was already eliminated from earning the No. 6 seed and bye in next week’s MVC Tournament because Indiana State had defeated Bradley on Saturday. This loss drops the Ramblers to the No. 8 seed. Had they won, they could have moved up to the No. 7 seed if Missouri State were to lose to Southern Illinois on Saturday night.
Loyola will face No. 9 seed Bradley on Thursday in the first round of the conference tournament. The winner gets a date with No. 1 seed Wichita State in Friday’s quarterfinals.