Men’s Basketball Dominates Overtime To Defeat Loyola, 69-59

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa —The Drake men’s basketball team closed the regular season with a thrilling 69-59 overtime win against Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center.With 12 seconds left in the game, sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) hit a long three-pointer at the top of the arc to tie the game at 48-48. Loyola was whistled for a foul on play, but not the shot, sending the Bulldogs to the line for a one and the bonus. Drake failed to convert on the free throw, but Drake redshirt-freshman Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) blocked a potential game-winning shot from Loyola’s Milton Doyle as time expired to force overtime. In overtime, six-straight points from Timmer helped open up an eight-point, 56-48, lead with 1:42 left in the contest. From there, the Bulldogs continued to hit shots and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) pulled down four of his career-high 15 defensive boards to kill the Ramblers’ chances on offense in the waning minutes.”I’m just so happy for these guys,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “You find your true colors through adversity. Today was a better game because we had to fight for five more minutes and it couldn’t have been anymore fitting than how it ended Other than Karl [Madison] it was all freshmen and sophomores out there today.”Olejniczak led the Bulldogs with a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. His lone assist of the day was on the Arogundade basket that gave the Bulldogs’ an eight-point lead in overtime.  In addition to his 15 rebounds, Arogundade added nine points, six of them in overtime, and two assists. “I’m much more confident than I was at the beginning of the season,” Olejniczak said. “Coach believes in me and tells me to believe in myself. I didn’t really [believe in myself] in the beginning of the season but my level of confidence has gone up much more.”Olejniczak and Arogundade’s efforts on the glass helped Drake outrebound Loyola by a 49-34 margin.Loyola (14-15, 7-10 MVC) was led by Milton Doyle with a game-high 20 points. Drake (7-23, 2-16 MVC) held the Ramblers to 26.8 percent shooting in the second half and overtime to pull away with the win. “This is definitely a feeling I’m never going to forget,” Timmer said of the overtime win. “We have been struggling this whole season and we work so hard in practice and we know we aren’t going to separate as a team. We stayed together and we knew our win would come during our last home game and Karl’s [Madison’s] last home game. It’s something to hang your hat on at the end of the year.”Timmer finished the game with 17 points, 10 of them in overtime, to become the 19th Drake men’s basketball player to record 500 points in a season. With the conclusion of the regular season, the Bulldogs will face either Missouri State or Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. That opening round game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis.Print Friendly Version vs. Missouri State 3/3/2016 – 8:30 p.m. Next Game: Photos Box Score (PDF) center_img Box Score (HTML) Live Stats ESPN 1350 MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Previewlast_img