PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 21 points, Walt Lemon Jr. and Tyshon Pickett added 18 apiece, and Bradley scored the game’s final six points Tuesday night to beat Evansville 76-70.
The Braves (14-10, 6-6) led 61-51 after Jordan Prosser’s jumper with 8:18 to play, but Evansville rallied, ultimately tying the game at 70 on Colt Ryan’s 3-pointer with 1:33 left. The Purple Aces (13-11, 6-6) went cold after that, going 0 of 5 from the floor the rest of the game while Lemon, Simms-Edwards and Pickett hit two free throws apiece to seal the victory.
Ryan led Evansville with 27 points, and D.J. Balentine added 13.
Bradley, which improved to 11-2 at home, has doubled the win total of the 2011-12 squad, which finished 7-25. The Braves also avenged a 66-56 loss at Evansville on Jan. 23. The Purple Aces had won the last three meetings between the schools.