Simms-Edwards leads Bradley over Drake 63-48

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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Dyricus Simms-Edwards 26 points and nine rebounds, career highs in both categories, to lead Bradley to a 63-48 win over Drake in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Andrew Warren added 15 points for 10th-seeded Bradley (12-19), which will face No. 2 seed Wichita State (23-7) in a quarterfinal game Friday night.

Rayvonte Rice led seventh-seeded Drake (13-18) with 13 points. Ryan Wedel added 11 points, and Kraidon Woods had 13 rebounds.

Simms-Edwards, who hit 11 of 18 shots, has scored at least 15 points in each of his last six games. He teamed with Warren to score 25 points during a 28-7 run that put the Braves ahead 59-42 with 2:53 left.

Bradley, which has won six of its last nine, beat Drake 90-64 on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Bradley
Dyricus Simms-Edwards Dyricus Simms-Edwards
11-18,  26 Pts
9 Rebs, 5 Assists
 Drake
Rayvonte Rice Rayvonte Rice
5-11,  13 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists

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