Drake opened up the game with an early lead, but that advantage swapped hands twice the opening period before Evansville closed a six-point deficit to just one point, 30-29, at halftime. The Aces started that run with less than four minutes left in the half when Norton tumbled to the floor with his injury. Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) The Bulldogs briefly clawed back into the lead with less than four minutes to play before Evansville countered with back-to-back three-pointers from Hill. Loyola 1/5/2019 – 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will have little time to regroup and rebound from Wednesday’s loss with defending MVC champion Loyola visiting the Knapp Center Saturday, Jan. 5. Tipoff between the Bulldogs and the Ramblers is set for 2 p.m. “Down the stretch the guys executed to get it into overtime, the second overtime and then we just couldn’t finish,”DeVries said. “That was disappointing, but it’s hard to win on the road and you have to gut it out and find a way and we didn’t do that tonight. That’s how basketball works sometimes.” Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live However, Drake roared back once more, scoring the final four points of the period to force a second overtime period. Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) put in another workmanlike performance for the Bulldogs with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tremell Murphy (Griffith, Ind.) and Brady Ellingson (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) each had 15 points. Box Score (PDF) The Bulldogs’ offense was further stymied by Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.) exiting the game with a knee injury with four minutes left in the first half. Norton did not return to the game and his injury will be evaluated upon return to Des Moines. “It was one of those nights where we just couldn’t get clicking offensively,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “I thought defensively in the second half, we had some good spots and kept ourselves in it.” Beyond that injury, the complexion of the game changed with a 9-2 run that gave Evansville a 48-45 lead with less than six minutes remaining. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: The Bulldogs (11-3, 0-1 MVC) came into the contest averaging 81.5 points a game but were held to 58 points in regulation on 36 percent shooting against Evansville’s defense. K.J. Riley and Marty Hill scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, for the victorious Purple Aces (7-7, 1-0 MVC). The Bulldogs kept the Aces at bay in the final minute and had an opportunity to win the game with the final possession. However, Ellingson’s three-point attempt as time expired missed its mark to send the contest into overtime tied at 58-58. Evansville opened with the first five points of the second extra period and Drake was finally unable to weather that blow. The Evansville defense held the Bulldogs without a field goal for the first four minutes of the second overtime to pull away for the 82-77 win. Evansville took the lead twice early in the first overtime at the free-throw line and two critical turnovers on the Bulldogs’ next two possessions helped Evansville take a four-point lead with 90 seconds left in the period. Story Links With a minute to play, Bulldogs fought for multiple offensive rebounds to extend the possession before McGlynn converted through contact to put the Bulldogs up, 56-54. UE tied the game again on their next possession, but McGlynn answered once more for the Bulldogs to take the lead. EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University men’s basketball team put in another gritty, hard-fought effort but suffered an 82-77 double-overtime setback at Evansville Wednesday evening to open the Missouri Valley Conference season.