Junior center Jordan Prosser matched his career-high with 17 points and also paced the Braves with eight rebounds as Bradley (6-2) withstood a late rally from George Washington (4-4) for a 72-68 non-conference win Tuesday night at Carver Arena.
Patricio Garino scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, leading George Washington’s charge back from a 19-point deficit. Isaiah Armwood added a double-double performance with 12 point and 12 rebounds, while John Kopriva scored 11 points off the GW bench.
Making his first start of the season, Prosser made 8-of-10 field goal attempts to lead three Braves in double-figures. Junior guard Walt Lemon, Jr. added 14 points and senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards chipped in with 11. More notably, the backcourt mates each made off with five steals, combining for 10 of Bradley’s season-high 17 thefts, the most steals Bradley has recorded in a game since making off with 20 Dec. 14, 2008 versus Southeast Missouri State.
In all, Bradley forced 23 George Washington turnovers and their 24-8 margin in points off turnovers helped the Braves build a 40-21 lead when Simms-Edwards scored on a driving layup to start the second half.
Bradley managed to keep the lead in double-figures until a 7-0 GW run sliced a 66-54 Braves lead to 66-61 with 1:54 remaining. An exchange of a Prosser layup with a Garino 3-pointer trimmed the lead down to 68-64, but the Colonials were never able to get closer.
Bradley will turn its attention to Fall semester final exams, which begin Thursday, and the Braves will not play again until Dec. 17, when they open the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic against Georgia Southern. The Braves also will host Mississippi Valley State in the multi-team event, before heading to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the final two rounds against Virginia Tech (Dec. 22) and either Colorado State or Portland (Dec. 23).
Article courtesy BU Sports Information