Category: Bulldogs

Junior midfielder Cody Lofgren scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, leading third-seeded and host Bradley University (12-6-2) to a 3-0 victory versus second-seeded Drake University (8-8-4) in the semifinals of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Friday night at Shea Stadium. Lofgren also set up Bradley’s second goal less than four minutes later when a Bulldog defender was called for a hand ball in the penalty area while attempting to block a Lofgren breakaway shot. Junior defender Zach Kovacevic buried the resulting penalty kick at 52:13 for his third goal of the year. Bradley senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made four saves and got a little help from forward Christian Okeke, who cleared a header from Nick Marshall at the right post in the 69th minute, for his eighth shutout of the season and the Braves ninth clean sheet of the year.

-Bob

Senior Alise Tupuritis had 11 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Kristi Chynoweth boasted a .692 attack percentage and added 10 kills as the duo helped Bradley University to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-23 sweep of Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for the Braves Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum. Bradley (7-3 overall, 1-0 MVC) is 7-3 to start a season for the first time since 2002 (12-3) and the Braves ended a seven-match losing streak in conference openers which dated back to a win at Creighton to open the 2005 Valley slate with Sunday’s victory against the Bulldogs (2-11 overall, 0-2 MVC). In addition to her 11 kills and 12 digs, Tupuritis added two aces and a pair of blocks.  Sophomore Jessica Teel served up a career-best three aces to go with her 20 assists and five digs, while freshman Melissa Hoerber had an ace to push her streak of matches with an ace to seven along with tallying 12 assists and four digs. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

Chris Hines scored 16 points and Drake defeated Bradley 81-66 Thursday in the opener of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. The ninth-seeded Bulldogs (15-16) earned a quarterfinal game against the Valley regular-season champion Creighton University on Friday at 12 pm. Joey King scored 15 and Gary Ricks added 14 points for Drake. The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points in the first half, though the Braves scored the last eight of the half to cut Drake’s lead at the break to 41-32. Jake Eastman had 15 points and eight rebounds for the eighth-seeded Braves. Will Egolf also scored 15 points, Walt Lemon Jr. scored 14 and Tyshon Pickett added 11 for Bradley, which improved nine games from last season’s 7-25 finish.

-Bob

Sophomore Michelle Young and senior Katie Yohn each had 18 points and five steals to pace five Bradley University players in double figures and the duo helped the Braves pull away down the stretch to top Drake 93-84 Thursday at Renaissance Coliseum. Bradley (11-13 overall, 5-8 MVC) found itself down early as Drake (8-17 overall, 3-11 MVC) opened the game with a 10-2 spurt and built an 18-6 lead less than four minutes into the contest. The Braves chipped away at the Bulldog advantage and trailed 44-42 at the half. Drake maintained the lead through most of the second half, but Bradley stayed within striking distance and took its first lead since the midway point of the second half when Yohn grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup to give Bradley a 75-73 lead with 5:35 to play. The score was knotted at 83-83 closing in on the two-minute mark, when junior Catie O’Leary opened a 10-1 BU run to close the game with a put-back basket. Bradley returns to the court Saturday, hosting pre-season Valley favorite Creighton in a 2 p.m. game at Renaissance Coliseum.  Saturday’s game will be the Braves’ annual “pink” game, helping promote breast cancer awareness.

-Bob

Bradley guards Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Walt Lemon Jr. combined for 43 points and 10 steals, leading the Braves to a 67-57 win versus Drake in the MVC opener for both teams at Carver Arena Saturday night before 7,534 fans. Lemon paced the Braves offensively with a season-high 23 points, while Simms-Edwards added 20. The backcourt combo also spearheaded a defensive effort that forced Drake into 18 turnovers and led the Braves to a 23-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Together, the duo combined for 43 points, 10 steals, eight rebounds, six assists and just four of Bradley’s eight turnovers. Simms-Edwards, who entered the game tied for eighth nationally with 3.0 steals per game, finished with eight thefts, one shy of the school and MVC single-game record. Simms-Edwards also provided the bulk of the defensive work against the Bulldogs season scoring leader Ben Simons, who managed 13 points, but was 4-for-18 from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

-Bob

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