Crouch leads Bradley to 70-67 win over Cincinnati

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PEORIA (AP)—Jeremy Crouch scored 20 points to lead Bradley to a 70-67 victory over Cincinnati in an opening-round game of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.

Theron Wilson added 15 for Bradley (18-15), which had not played for 12 days before Wednesday’s game.

The Braves missed nine of their first 10 shots as Cincinnati (13-19) jumped out to an early 10-2 lead.

Bradley center David Collins and Crouch then led a 14-6 Braves spurt to tie the game at 16 with 7:05 left in the half.

The game seesawed until Bradley pulled away midway through the second half. Three-pointers by Crouch and guard Andrew Warren sparked a 13-4 burst and a 50-41 lead with 10:40 left.

The Braves stretched the lead to 59-47 before Cincinnati fought back in the closing minutes. But the Bearcats, who dominated the boards 37-21, made 20 turnovers and couldn’t draw any closer than the final score.

Deonta Vaughn led Cincinnati with 23 points. John Williamson added 14 points for the Bearcats.

With the victory Bradley advanced to the second round of the 16-team event when it hosts Ohio University on Monday.

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 Cincinnati
Deonta Vaughn Deonta Vaughn
8-14,  23 Pts
3 Rebs, 5 Assists
 Bradley
Jeremy Crouch Jeremy Crouch
5-9,  20 Pts
1 Rebs, 2 Assists

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