Senior guard Reed Timmer became Drake's all-time leading scorer last week, passing Josh Young with 1,812 career points.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound lefty from New Berlin, Wisconsin, broke the record with a 3-pointer at the 4:56 mark of the Bulldogs' road win at Bradley. Timmer scored a career-high 32 points to help Drake beat the Braves 78-68. It was Bradley's first home loss this season (12-1).

Timmer, a preseason all-conference guard, was the Missouri Valley Conference's co-player of the week this week with Evansville guard Ryan Taylor. Timmer made 14 of 29 from the field, including 7 of 16 from the 3-point line, and 19 of 22 at the free-throw line. Taylor averaged 28.5 points per game in games against Northern Iowa and Illinois State last week.

Timmer, the Valley's second-leading scorer (18.6 points per game), could be the league's first three-time scholar-athlete of the year this year. Timmer won the award the last two years, joining SIU's Kent Williams (2002 and 2003), Illinois State's Neil Plank (2005 and 2006) and Evansville's Colt Ryan (2012 and 2013) as the only two-time winners of the award.

Drake (13-12, 7-5 MVC) plays at league leader Loyola (19-5, 9-3) tonight in Chicago.

* Former Saluki shot putter Raven Saunders walking away from Ole Miss: Raven Saunders, who came to SIU in 2014 as the top shot putter in the nation out of Burke (South Carolina) High School, walked away from Ole Miss Tuesday for health reasons, according to a release from the Rebels.

Saunders won four NCAA national championships, two at SIU (2015 indoor and outdoor shot put titles) and two while at Ole Miss. Saunders left to compete for the Rebels after Connie Price-Smith, SIU's former coach, left to take over Ole Miss' program. Saunders won the 106 outdoor national title and the indoor title last year.

She represented Team USA at the Rio Olympics in 2016, finishing fifth in the women's shot put as the youngest competitor in the field. Saunders' top throws at the indoor NCAA championships (19.56 meters, 2017) and outdoor championships (19.33 meters, 2016) are both NCAA records.

"I am eternally grateful for the opportunities and understanding that my teammates, the coaching staff and the administration have expressed to me," Saunders said in the statement from Ole Miss. "With a heavy heart, it saddens me to say that I have decided to leave Ole Miss and take some time to focus on myself.

"Over time, I have been dealing with some personal and medical issues that have led me to come to this decision. However, I intend on returning to complete my degree from the University of Mississippi."

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