Recap: Bradley vs. Northern Iowa
Peoria, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Walt Lemon, Jr. pumped in 28 points to lift the Bradley Braves to a 69-65 win over the Northern Iowa Panthers in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at Carver Arena.
Auston Barnes chipped in 10 points for Bradley (8-12, 3-4 MVC) as it picked up its second victory in a row.
Seth Tuttle led the Panthers (10-9, 4-3) with 20 points which he accompanied with seven rebounds. Wes Washpun added 12 points and six assists while Nate Buss tallied 11 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Morgan contributed 10 points in the losing effort.
UNI took a 32-29 lead into the intermission after it shot 44 percent from the floor including 5-of-14 from 3-point range in the opening period. The Braves also hit on 44 percent of their field goal tries, but made good on only 3-of-7 tries from beyond the arc.
Bradley heated up to connect on 51.7 percent of its shots from the field in the second stanza. The Panthers cooled off to make only 30.4 percent of their field goal attempts, but kept it close by converting 15-of-17 tries at the free-throw line. The contest was tied at 61 with 1:44 left in regulation before Bradley closed out the game on an 8-4 run. Lemon, Jr. sealed the win with a pair of makes at the charity stripe with one second remaining.
Bradley enjoyed a 33-30 edge in the rebounding battle and outscored UNI, 32-16, in the paint.Game Notes