Drake 3rd in Gulf Coast Showcase; beats Pepperdine 69-53

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Reed Timmer had 21 points with five assists, and Drake pulled away in the second half to beat Pepperdine 69-53 in the third-place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night.

Timmer was 8 of 14 from the floor. Graham Woodward scored 13 points with three 3-pointers and six assists for Drake (3-3). Kale Abrahamson, who scored a career-high 41 points in the Bulldogs' win against Western Kentucky to open the tournament, added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Stacy Davis scored 13 points and Jett Raines chipped in 10 to lead Pepperdine (2-4).

The Bulldogs led 36-33 at halftime, and used an 11-4 surge to stretch their lead to 47-37 with 15 minutes left. Ore Arogundade made a pair of free throws, Jacob Enevold Jensen scored and Timmer added five points, and the Bulldogs led 61-45 with seven minutes left and cruised from there.

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