Braves ride second-half run to I-74
rivalry win over Redbirds
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[January 31, 2014]
PEORIA — After Illinois State
manufactured a 10-2 run to take a five-point second-half advantage,
Bradley outscored the Redbirds 21-3 to put the game out of reach,
and the Braves topped ISU 64-45 Wednesday night at Carver Arena.
Daishon Knight and Paris Lee led Illinois State (11-10, 4-5 Missouri
Valley Conference) offensively with eight points each, while Bobby
Hunter pulled down a career-best eight rebounds. Meanwhile,
Bradley's (9-13, 4-5 MVC) Walt Lemon Jr. led all scorers with 20
points after failing to score a first-half field goal.
winning the tipoff, Reggie Lynch silenced the Bradley crowd of 8,403
on the game's opening possession with a thunderous dunk following a
Nick Zeisloft assist. The Redbirds proceeded to outscore the Braves
11-3, with six points by Lynch during the stretch. However, Bradley
responded with a 10-0 run, and the Braves look their first lead,
13-11, on an Austin Barnes jumper at the 10:39 mark.
Zeisloft netted a 3-pointer to regain a one-point Redbird
advantage before a 7-2 run by the Braves established a 25-20 BU lead
with 27 seconds remaining in the first half. Illinois State then
pulled within 25-22 as Hunter grabbed an offensive rebound with two
seconds left in the first half and scored at the buzzer. Lynch led
ISU with six first-half points, while Hunter matched his career
rebounding high in the first half with six boards.
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Lee tied the game with a 3-pointer to start the second half,
sparking a 10-2 run and establishing a 32-27 Redbird advantage.
Bradley answered by outscoring ISU 21-3 to take a 46-35 lead. Lemon
Jr., who was held to no field goals until 9:36 remaining in
regulation, netted nine points during the run. A Zeisloft 3-pointer
pulled the Redbirds within 59-45, but Bradley maintained a
double-digit lead as the Braves held off ISU for the 64-45 victory.
Following a two-game road swing, Illinois State returns to
Normal, where the Redbirds will open a two-game homestand, beginning
Saturday at 3:05 p.m. against Drake. Saturday's Valley contest is
being dubbed the "Retro Game," with Redbird players wearing replica
Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Redbird
Arena ticket office or by buying them on
news release received from
Illinois State University]