Bradley senior guard Andrew Warren (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) scored a game-high 20 points, but it was not enough to prevent Indiana State (6-6, 1-0 MVC) from riding a fast start to an 80-66 win in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night at the Hulman Center.
Aaron Carter, who came into the game averaging just 4.3 points per game and was a last-minute addition to the starting lineup for the injured Jake Kelly, scored 11 of Indiana State's first 15 points and finished with a team-high 19. Dwayne Lathan added 18 points, while reserves Steve McWhorter and RJ Mahurin each chipped in with 10 for the Sycamores. Bradley center Will Egolf scored a season-high 14 points for the Braves (6-6, 0-1 MVC) and Dyricus Simms-Edwards also scored a season-best with 13 off the bench. Bradley sophomore wing Jake Eastman pulled down a career-best nine rebounds to lead all players.
Carter gave the Sycamores the lead for good, 8-5, by draining his second 3-pointer with 16:39 left in the first half. Early Bradley turnovers allowed Indiana State to gain some separation, but a Jordan Prosser bucket with 8:08 left in the first half pulled the Braves to within 22-17.
After making eight of its first 16 field goal attempts, though, Bradley missed nine of its final 11 shots of the half. Indiana State took advantage by outscoring the Braves 17-3 in the final 6:58 of the period for a 39-22 lead at the break.
Bradley made several runs at the hosts in the second half, closing to within 58-50 after two Egolf free throws with 5:16 left. The Braves were down by the same score and with possession when Indiana State Jake Odum stole a pass on the wing and went in for a layup to push the lead back to 10, 60-50, with 4:29 left. The Braves did not get the deficit back to single digits until less than a minute remained and the Sycamores made enough free throws down the stretch to prevent a complete Bradley rally.
After failing to attempt a free throw in the first half, Bradley made its first 16 attempts of the second half, including seven by Warren, before Walt Lemon Jr. missed two attempts with 5.7 seconds remaining. Warren stretched his streak of consecutive made free throws to 32, the fourth-longest streak in Bradley Basketball history.
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