Bradley beats Creighton 81-62 in MVC quarterfinal

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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Sam Maniscalco scored a career-high 31 points on 18-of-19 free-throw shooting to lead Bradley over Creighton 81-62 in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday.

Fifth-seeded Bradley (16-14) will face top-seeded Northern Iowa (26-4) in a semifinal game Saturday. The Panthers beat Drake 55-40.

Maniscalco hit eight successive free throws in 29 seconds to trigger a 14-2 second-half run that broke open a close game. The Braves made 19 straight foul shots in the second half and finished 27-of-28 from the line.

Andrew Warren added 14 points for the Braves, who broke a six-game losing streak against fourth-seeded Creighton (16-15).

Kenny Lawson led the Bluejays with 17 points. Josh Jones chipped in with 11 points and Justin Carter added 10. Carter had a game-high 13 rebounds.

Bradley went on an 8-0 run early in the second half to take a 40-35 lead.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Bradley
Sam Maniscalco Sam Maniscalco
5-10,  31 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Creighton
Kenny Lawson Jr. Kenny Lawson Jr.
7-13,  17 Pts
11 Rebs, 0 Assists

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