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Wichita State (22-5, 11-4 MVC) went on an 8-2 run in the final 40 seconds to edge Illinois State (16-11, 8-7 MVC) by a score of 68-67, Sunday night, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena before 8,668 rowdy fans. Tyler Brown led four Redbirds in double figures with 17 points to go along with 17 rebounds Jackie Carmichael also had a solid game with 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Shockers. Malcolm Armstead led the Shockers in scoring with 18 points. Illinois State went 0-for-7 from the field to start the game, before the Redbirds scored the first field goal of the game on a runner by Johnny Hill at the 15:52 mark. Two free throws by Brown pulled the Redbirds within 5-4, and a Bryant Allen three-point play gave ISU its first lead of the game, 7-5, with 13:12 remaining in the first half. Wichita State answered with a 9-2 run to pull within 63-60 on a Cleanthony Early three-pointer at the 2:10 mark. The Shockers then edged within two points at 67-65, after two free throws by Early and a Demetric Williams three-pointer with 28 seconds left. A turnover by Hill gave Wichita State the ball, and Early drilled a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining, to give the Shockers their first lead since early in the first half. After a timeout with four seconds left, Carmichael attempted a runner in the lane, which rimmed out, securing Wichita State’s victory.

-Bob

Bradley nearly erased a 16-point deficit, pulling within two points at 60-58 in the closing minutes of the team’s Missouri Valley Conference home opener, but the Braves missed five shots down the stretch as Wichita State held on to edge BU 62-58 Thursday at Renaissance Coliseum. The Shockers (8-6 overall, 2-0 MVC) got off the a strong start, making its first eight shots and jumped out to 24-9 advantage midway through the first half.  Senior Brooke Bisping helped fuel a 15-5 Bradley run with six points as the Braves pulled within five points (29-24) in the closing stages of the first half and trailed 34-27 at halftime. A 9-0 Shocker run early in the second half pushed the Wichita State lead back to double digits (47-31) with just under 15 minutes to play before Bradley would rally. Junior Kelsey Budd scored seven of her game-high 18 points during a 13-4 BU spurt, which pulled her team within seven points (51-44) midway through the period. A Kelly Frings basket with 7:14 to play cut the Shocker advantage to 55-51 and a pair of Budd free throws with five minutes remaining made it a one-possession game (58-56) for the first time since the opening minute of the contest Bradley continues a season-long, three-game home stand Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against defending MVC regular-season champion Missouri State at Renaissance Coliseum.

-Bob

Junior forward Cleanthony Early scored a game-high 24 points, including a second-chance 3-pointer that gave Wichita State the lead for good with 3:23 remaining, lifting the visiting Shockers (14-1, 3-0 MVC) to a 69-63 Missouri Valley Conference win Sunday evening over Bradley. The Braves guards Walt Lemon, Jr. and Dyricus Simms-Edwards each scored 15 points to pace Bradley (10-5, 2-1 MVC), while Jake Eastman scored 11 and Tyshon Pickett added 10 points for the Braves. Lemon also pulled down a career-best eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Demetric Williams was Wichita State’s only other double-digit scorer with 10 points. Ehimen Orukpe grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and had three timely blocked shots for the Shockers. In a game that featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes, Bradley grabbed its final lead when Pickett’s steal sprung Simms-Edwards for a transition basket. The Bradley guard completed an old-fashioned 3-point play by making the free throw after the final media timeout for a 61-59 lead with 3:55 remaining.

-Bob

Wichita State center Garrett Stutz led a balanced attack with 14 points and 10 rebounds, pacing the visiting Shockers (10-2, 1-0 MVC) to their eighth consecutive victory, a 90-51 decision at Bradley (5-8, 0-1 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena. The 39-point margin of victory is the most-lopsided in the 126-game history of the rivalry and the Shockers held the Braves to its second-worst field goal percentage (.255) on record. Bradley senior forward Taylor Brown scored a game-high 19 points and sophomore center Jordan Prosser added nine points and a team-best nine rebounds.  While the duo combined to make 9-of-15 (.600) field goal attempts, the rest of the Braves combined to make just 5-of-40 (.125) field goal attempts. All five Shocker starters scored in double-figures.  Joe Ragland and Touré Murry each scored 12, David Kyles added 11 and Carl Hall chipped in with 10.

-Bob

Wichita State used late runs in both games of a doubleheader to rally from behind in both contests and sweep the twinbill from Bradley Saturday at Laura Bradley Park in Missouri Valley Conference softball action.  The Shockers scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning of the opening game to pull out a 4-2 win and came back from a 3-1 deficit to top the Braves 5-3 in eight innings in the nightcap. Freshman Madeline Lynch-Crumrine started both games for BU in the circle and gave up just two earned runs in 12.2 innings of work.  Wichita State capitalized on seven Bradley errors in the two games, however, and scored five unearned runs en route to the doubleheader sweep.

-Bob

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