January, 2011 Archives

Illinois State guard Austin Hill scored 10 of his 12 points in overtime, including the game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining, lifting the visiting Redbirds (10-11, 2-8 MVC) to a 79-78 win at Bradley (6-15, 0-10 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena. Bradley senior guard Andrew Warren scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the overtime period, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds remaining.  After working the clock down, Hill was fouled on a drive to the basket to set up the winning charity shots.  The game went to overtime when Bradley junior forward Will Egolf sank two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to forge a 65-65 tie. Jackie Carmichael paced Illinois State with career-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds.  He was 12-for-20 from the free throw line, equaling the second-most free throw attempts ever by a Bradley opponent.  Anthony Cousin added 14 points off the ISU bench, while John Wilkins added 11.

-Bob

Southern Illinois scored the first basket of the game, but Bradley answered with a 25-3 run and never looked back as the Braves topped the Salukis 80-44 Friday at Renaissance Coliseum.  Senior Raisa Taylor scored a game-high 17 points, while sophomore Katie Yohn and freshman Kelly Frings each had 16 points to lead BU. The Braves forced 17 SIU turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play and finished with 12 first-half steals.  Bradley collected a season-best 19 steals in the contest off of 30 SIU miscues. Katie Yohn helped fuel the opening run with eight points and an assist, while Taylor scored six during the opening spurt which put the Braves (9-9 overall, 2-5 MVC) comfortably in the lead.  Bradley pushed the lead to as many as 25 points (33-8) in the first half on an Alyson Spinas-Valainis basket with six minutes to play and led 39-17 at the half. The 17 points by the Salukis in the first half was the lowest point total by a BU opponent in a half since Northern Iowa scored 16 points on Jan. 17, 2004.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen were over-powered 7-2 by Oklahoma City Thursday night at Carver Arena snapping there five-game winning streak in front of 4,146 fans. The Rivermen remained atop the Western Conference and West Division, thanks to losses elsewhere in the league by Milwaukee and San Antonio. It was a historic night for 38-year-old Bryan Helmer an 18-year pro who posted a three-point night and broke the AHL’s all-time career record for points by a defenseman. Helmer surpassed former Philadelphia Phantoms defenseman John Slaney for that top spot. His record 520th point came on a drive from above the left circle past rookie All-Star goaltender Jake Allen, who had his worst outing as a pro. Graham Mink and rookie Stefan Della Rovere scored Peoria’s goals. Oklahoma City got two goals and two assists from Alexandre Giroux, three assists from Brad Moran, and two assists each from Ryan O’Marra and Alex Plante.

-Bob

Indiana State forward Carl Richard posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping the visiting Sycamores (10-7, 5-1 MVC) halt their 12-game losing streak at Carver Arena with a 59-53 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball victory at Bradley Wednesday night. Despite a career-high-tying 21 points by senior guard Dodie Dunson the Braves (6-11, 0-6 MVC) saw their winless streak reach a season-high six games.  Indiana State swept the regular-season series for the first time since 1997-98, also the last season the Sycamores won in Peoria.

-Bob

Bradley held Wichita State to 29.7 shooting and owned a 46-31 rebounding advantage as the Braves cruised to a 68-49 victory against the Shockers Thursday at Renaissance Coliseum.  BU’s reserves combined for 29 points with junior Leah Kassing scoring a season-best 12 points to help power the Braves to their first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season. Freshman Kelsey Budd scored the first nine points of the game for Bradley (8-6 overall, 1-2 MVC) and had 11 points in the opening minutes to help the Braves to an early 22-15 lead.  Wichita State (7-7 overall, 1-1 MVC) managed to pull to within three points, before freshman Kelly Frings scored nine points to highlight a 15-3 Bradley run which pushed the lead to 15 points (37-22) in the closing minutes of the half.

-Bob


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