Bradley senior guard Dodie Dunson (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) shared team-high scoring honors with 16 points, all in the first half, leading five Braves (1-1) in double-figures and his team to a 74-69 men's college basketball victory against Idaho State (0-2) in the home opener Sunday night at Carver Arena.
Dunson's first-half heroics were overshadowed by an injury, however, as he suffered a pair of broken bones in his left forearm after crashing to the floor on a drive to the basket with 12:28 remaining in the game. Bradley head coach Jim Les announced after the game that Dunson, who was Bradley's third-leading scorer last season at 10.1 points per game, is scheduled for surgery Tuesday and is likely lost for the season.
Guard Broderick Gilchrest led three Idaho State players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points. Fellow guard Amorrow Morgan added 18 points and forward Demetrius Monroe chipped in with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley junior guard Andrew Warren, who missed all of last season with a broken foot, matched Dunson with 16 points, while junior guard Sam Maniscalco added 13 points. Senior guard Chris Roberts and freshman guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards each scored 12 for the Braves.
Maniscalco continued to add to his clutch-play resumé by draining his third 3-pointer of the night with 1:10 remaining to give the Braves a 70-65 lead. The 6-foot guard, who scored all of Bradley's seven points in the final 1:10, then made two free throws with 26.4 seconds to again stretch Bradley's advantage to five points, 72-67.
Idaho State scored the game's first eight points, but Bradley rallied behind Dunson's hot hand. The 6-foot-3 guard scored on a tough floater in the lane to launch a personal 8-2 run that pulled Bradley even, 12-12. He then gave the Braves their first lead, 17-14, by draining a 3-pointer with 10:52 left in the half and stretched the advantage to 23-17 with his fourth trey in as many tries with 9:16 left in the period.
Sparked by Dunson's hot hand, Bradley finished the game 11-for-22 from behind the arc, compared to a 2-for-13 (.154) long-range effort by the visiting Bengals. Bradley also outscored Idaho State 17-7 from the charity stripe, a combination that offset Idaho State's inside work. The Bengals were 30-of-64 overall from the field, scoring seven more baskets than Bradley, and outscoring the Braves 42-22 in the paint and 21-12 in second-chance points.
Bradley committed only eight turnovers and matched the second-chance differential by outscoring Idaho State 19-9 off turnovers. With both teams playing their second game in three days, the Braves also had the depth advantage, as Bradley's bench outscored its counterparts 29-9.
Courtesy Bradley Sports Information