Missouri St. 85, Bradley 70
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Blake Ahearn led four players in double figures with 21 points as Missouri State won for the second time in six games with an 85-70 victory over Bradley Saturday night.
Ahearn, the three-time defending NCAA free-throw shooting champion, saw his free-throw streak end at 34. But he scored the Bears’ first 11 points and hit 5-of-9 from the 3-point line.
Dale Lamberth added 17 points for the Bears, who improved to 15-7 overall and 6-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State had lost its previous two home games to Northern Iowa and Creighton.
The Bears shot 59 percent (31-for-53) from the field.
Daniel Ruffin led four Bradley players in double figures with 19 points. Will Franklin had 12 of his 17 points in the first half for the Braves (15-8, 6-5) and Zach Andrews added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Reserve guard Justin Fuehrmeyer’s 3-pointer started a 7-0 run as Missouri State extended its lead to 61-53 with 11:47 left. Bradley twice cut the margin to five, but Tyler Chaney’s 3-pointer with 7:47 left pushed the lead back to 68-60 and Bradley never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
Both teams shot 11-for-24 from the 3-point line. Missouri State outrebounded Bradley 39-22.
Shane Laurie scored a season-high 11 points for the Bears and Drew Richards added 10 points in 15 minutes.
Bradley had won five of its previous six games.