Tagged: Dyricus Simms-Edwards

Bradley University center Will Egolf apparently does not want his sixth season to end. After scoring a career-best 22 points in the opening-game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Egolf turned in a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night and buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 remainining, lifting the Braves (18-16) to a 77-72 win against Tulane University (20-15) in the second round of the CIT at Renaissance Coliseum. Egolf started an 11-0 Bradley run to flip that 6-point deficit by scoring in the paint with 10:18 left. He added another interior bucket for a 62-62 tie and Walt Lemon Jr. ultimately capped the run with a pull-up jumper with 6:02 left for a 67-62 lead. In addition to Egolf’s first double-double since his redshirt sophomore season in 2009-10, the Braves got 17 points from Pickett, 13 points from senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards and 12 points from Lemon. Senior forward Kendall Timmons scored a game-high 29 points and reserve Louis Dabney was Tulane’s only other double-digit scorer with 11 points. Junior center Josh Davis ripped down a game-high 17 rebounds for the Green Wave. Bradley will visit Missouri Valley Conference rival Northern Iowa for a third-round game in the CIT Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at the McLeod Center.

-Bob


History proved be the theme as Bradley (17-16) rallied from an 11-point, second-half deficit to earn a 75-69 win against Green Bay (18-16) in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Playing the first postseason tournament game on campus since 1982, Bradley converted 21-of-24 free throw attempts in the second half, part of a 51-point outburst after the break, to rally from a 37-26 deficit with 19:00 left, as well as a 49-39 hole with 12:43 remaining. Bradley point guard Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 21 points, matched a career-high with nine rebounds, dished out seven assists, blocked two shots and made off with two steals, a stat-stuffing performance worthy of joining Braves legend Hersey Hawkins (1987-88) as the only players in Missouri Valley Conference history to achieve 500 points (514), 100 rebounds (134), 100 assists (121) and 70 steals (72) in a single season. In addition, Lemon (72) and Dyricus Simms-Edwards (85) combined for three steals to push their combined season total to 157 thefts, breaking the MVC single-season record for steals by teammates, previously set by Tulsa’s Paul Pressey (96) and Mike Anderson (59), who combined for 155 steals in 1980-81. With nine steals overall, Bradley also set the single-season school record with 308 thefts on the season. Those notes overshadowed the fact that sixth-year senior center Will Egolf scored a career-best 22 points, while senior swingman Jake Eastman ripped down a career-best 13 rebounds. UWGB Phoenix forward Alec Brown scored a game-high 23 points and point guard Keifer Sykes chipped in with 18, while Jordan Fouse grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

-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

Doug McDermott turned in a double-double with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds as visiting Creighton (23-7, 12-5 MVC) spoiled the Bradley’s Senior Night with an 80-62 victory Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 7,730 fans. All four Bradley seniors – Jake EastmanWill EgolfMilos Knezevic and Dyricus Simms-Edwards - started the game for the Braves (16-14, 7-10 MVC), helping the home team to a quick 4-0 lead. The Braves still were within 42-40 following a Simms-Edwards 3-pointer with 16:01 remaining before the Bluejays launched a 31-6 run in a span of 8-minutes, 52-seconds that broke the game open. Walt Lemon, Jr. paced Bradley with 17 points and Egolf added 11.  Simms-Edwards had nine points and his two steals pushed his season total to 83, tying Willie Scott’s single-season school record set in 1982-83.

-Bob

True freshman point guard Ka’Darryl Bell scored all of his career-best 10 points in the final 6:54, helping Bradley (15-12, 7-8 MVC) pull away from a 2-point lead for an 80-68 Missouri Valley Conference victory versus Indiana State (16-10, 9-6) Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena before 8,443 fans. Walt Lemon, Jr. and Tyshon Pickett shared team-high scoring honors with 17 points as five Braves scored in double-figures. Dyricus Simms-Edwards, who was questionable before the game due to the back spasms he suffered Wednesday night at Illinois State, scored 13 points off the bench and senior center Will Egolf chipped in 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Lemon became the 46th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points when he scored in transition off a Simms-Edwards steal with 1:03 left in the first half. Dawon Cummings led Indiana State with 19 points off the bench to pace Indiana State, while Jake Odem and R.J. Mahurin both scored 14 for the Sycamores.

-Bob


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