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Bradley University (1-0) closed the game on an 11-2 run to give head coach Geno Ford a win in his Braves debut, 68-58, against UMKC (0-2) in the opening game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Junior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored a game-high 21 points, senior forward Taylor Brown added 20 in his return after missing the entire 2010-11 season for cardiac evaluation and sophomore center Jordan Prosser turned in his second career double-double by posting career-highs with 12 points and 17 rebounds.  Bradley also got 12 points from junior reserve Jake Eastman. Bradley shot 44.9 percent (22-49) from the field and limited the Kangaroos to 36.7 percent (22-60) shooting. The Braves also had the advantage at the free throw line, sinking 22-of-33 attempts, compared to just 7-of-18 (.389) for UMKC. Bradley will return to action Wednesday by hosting Southeast Missouri State for “Throwback Night,” a 7 p.m. game at Renaissance Coliseum.  The game against the Redhawks will be Bradley’s first regular-season game against a NCAA Division I opponent played on campus since 1982.

-Bob

The Bradley University trio of senior forward Taylor Brown (21 points), junior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards (19) and sophomore guard Walt Lemon, Jr. (17) combined for 57 points, leading the Braves to an 81-71 exhibition victory versus NCAA Division III The College of Wooster Tuesday night at Carver Arena. Bradley completed its preseason with a pair of 10-point victories and will open the 2011-12 regular season Sunday (4 p.m.) by hosting UMKC in the first round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge at Carver Arena. Though Bradley shot just 61.3 percent (19-31) from the free throw line for the game, Brown (5-6) and Simms-Edwards (1-2) combined to make 6-of-8 from the stripe in the final 3:28 to keep the Fighting Scots at bay.

-Bob

In a game #27 Bradley dominated, but struggled to find the back of the net, senior midfielder Bryan Gaul stepped up to bury a penalty kick in the 84th minute, lifting the Braves (8-3-2) to a 1-0 home victory against UMKC (4-6-1) Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Senior forward Christian Meza drew the penalty when he was taken down trying to split a pair of Kangaroos defenders on the right side of the box at 83:34.  Gaul caught UMKC keeper Kevin Korby moving the wrong direction to net his seventh goal of the year and fourth game-winner before 660 fans.

-Bob

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