Bradley beats Illinois State 56-52

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP)—Theron Wilson and Chris Roberts each scored 12 points to lead Bradley to a 56-52 win over previously undefeated Illinois State on Tuesday.

Bradley (10-5, 4-0 Missouri Valley) held Illinois State (14-1, 3-1) to 25 points under its scoring average.

The Braves led 30-21 at halftime and led by as many as 14 early in the second half. A 6-0 run pulled the Redbirds to 45-39 with about seven minutes left, but the Braves’ foul shots and stingy defense ended the comeback.

The Braves sank 11-of-13 free throws, while the Redbirds were 2-of-4.

Osiris Eldridge led Illinois State with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Dinma Odiakosa added 12 and Emmanuel Holloway chipped in 10.

Tuesday’s crowd of 11,592 was the second-largest in Bradley’s history, university officials said. The largest was 11,597 last year against Michigan State.

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 Illinois St.
Osiris Eldridge Osiris Eldridge
6-14,  17 Pts
10 Rebs, 1 Assists
Chris Roberts Chris Roberts
4-7,  12 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists

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