Sophomore guard Walt Lemon, Jr. scored a game-high 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 44.9 seconds left, then blocked George Washington's winning attempt at the buzzer, leading the visiting Braves (5-4) to a 67-66 victory Thursday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Bradley shot 50 percent (8-16) from 3-point range for the second consecutive game to help first-year head coach Geno Ford earn the first road win of his Braves career.
Senior forward Taylor Brown scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and junior swingman Jake Eastman came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. Reserve forward Aaron Ware led four George Washington players in double-figures with 13 points. John Kopriva scored 12, while Tony Taylor added 11 and Lason Kromah chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
The first half featured a trio of runs that ultimately led to a 34-29 Braves lead at the break. Bradley opened with an 18-10 salvo, before George Washington countered with a 13-2 surge. Consecutive 3-pointers from Eastman highlighted 14-6 Bradley close to the half.
Each of the eight Bradley players to see the floor in the first half scored. In a period marked by remarkably even numbers, Eastman's 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc proved to be the biggest difference maker in the opening 20 minutes. Both teams made 14 first-half field goals, committed eight turnovers and recorded four steals, while Bradley held a slim, 17-16 rebounding edge. The Braves were 4-for-9 from long range, compared to a 1-for-6 effort from George Washington (4-6).
Bradley committed four turnovers during George Washington's 15-5 run to start the second half. Kromah scored five during the outburst and Ware's transition rebound basket with 15:56 left in the half gave the Colonials a 44-39 lead. George Washington scored seven points of Bradley's first four second-half turnovers.
After a fourth Eastman 3-pointer and Brown basket pulled Bradley within 50-48, the Colonials struck with a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to a game-high eight points, 56-48, with 10:50 remaining.
Brown scored 13 of Bradley's 16 points during a 6-minute stretch to keep the Braves close. His spinning fadeaway with 7:34 remaining got Bradley to within 59-57 and Shayok Shayok's jumper with 6:00 left forged a 59-59 tie. Lemon's 3-pointer with 5:02 left finally put Bradley back in front, 62-61. After the Colonials missed on two point-blank shots in transition, Lemon fed Jordan Prosser for a layup at the other end for a 64-61 lead with 4:01 left.
Locked in a 64-64 tie with 44.9 seconds left, Lemon buried a 3-pointer. Taylor made two free throws with 23.9 left to get GW within 67-66. Eastman was sandwiched on the ensuing inbounds pass, resulting in a jump ball with the possession favoring the Colonials. The Colonials ran the clock down before Lemon blocked Taylor's attempt just before the buzzer.
Bradley will continue its 2-game, East Coast road swing by visiting Drexel (4-4) Saturday afternoon. Tip off is scheduled for 4:03 p.m. (EST).
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