Bradley's torrid shooting sinks ISU
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PEORIA -- Bradley did miss nine
field goals in the first half; however, the bad news for Illinois
State was the fact that the Braves attempted 31 shots. It was that
type of offensive production on 22-of-31 first-half shooting which
secured an 88-67 victory over the Redbirds in Missouri Valley
Conference action Wednesday night before a Carver Arena record crowd
With the loss, ISU dropped to 11-10 on the season and 3-7 in league
play, while Bradley improved to 15-7 and 6-4.
Bradley jumped out
to a 17-point lead in the first eight minutes as the Braves made 13
of their first 14 field goal attempts to build a 28-11 advantage at
the 11:37 mark. Bradley, one of the nation's top 3-point shooting
teams, used three dunks and three layups to boost its lofty field
ISU closed the gap to 12 points at 28-16, but the Braves used a
13-5 run to increase their lead to 41-21 with 6:55 left in the half.
The Redbirds put together a 6-0 run late in the half, but again
Bradley countered with eight straight points and went into the
intermission with a 54-32 lead. The 54 first-half points were the
most allowed by ISU all season, as Bradley shot 71 percent from the
floor in the first frame.
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Bradley's shooting cooled off in the second half, but Illinois
State wasn't able to get any closer than 18 points. Greg Dilligard
and Levi Dyer were the only Redbirds in double figures, with 18 and
11 points, respectively. All of Bradley's five starters reached
double-digit points: Will Franklin, 22; Zach Andrews, 19; Daniel
Ruffin, 16; J.J. Tauai, 12; and Matt Salley, 10.
The Redbirds will continue their state of Illinois road circuit
when ISU travels to Southern Illinois on Saturday. Tipoff is
scheduled for 2:05 p.m.
(Text copied from file received from Todd Kober,