Richard Carter scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead five Drake players in double figures in an 88-80 win over Nebraska Omaha Saturday afternoon in Des Moines.
With the game tied 42-42 at halftime, the Bulldogs shot 51 percent in the second half. Drake (3-1) took a 55-54 lead with 9:53 left on a Carter layup and never trailed the rest of the way.
UNO (3-3) kept the game close and was within two at the 6:18 mark on a Matt Hagerbaumer dunk, but Gary Ricks Jr. responded with a three-pointer and the Bulldogs held on down the stretch, going 8-for-10 at the line in the final 1:01.
Aaron Hawley scored 14 points for Drake. Seth VanDeest and Ricks added 13 points apiece and Chris Caird scored 12.
Devin Patterson and CJ Carter had 17 points apiece for the Mavericks. Hagerbaumer scored nine points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.