Bradley had a 37-26 halftime lead, but Drake started the second half with a 16-4 run to take the lead 42-41 with 14:32 remaining. The teams exchanged the lead until a Carter free throw with 3:39 left gave Drake a 64-63 advantage. Chris Caird hit a 3-point jumper for a 67-63 lead at the 2:58 mark. Walt Lemon Jr. dunked to close to 67-66 but Carter closed the door with his four points in the final seconds.
Aaron Hawley led Drake (15-15, 6-12 Missouri Valley Conference) with 23 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-point attempts.
Bradley (12-19, 7-11), which has now lost five of its last six games, was led by Lemon, Jr with 20 points.