Trying to overcome its largest deficit of the season (12 points) in the final 5:59, Bradley (3-1) had the tying shot in the air twice in the final 40 seconds, but could not get over the hump in a 70-66 loss to visiting Wofford (2-2) in the second round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge Tuesday night at Carver Arena.
The Chicago Invitational Challenge will resume with the final two rounds Friday and Saturday at the Sears Centre in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. Bradley will take on #11 Wisconsin in Friday's final game at 7:30 p.m., following a 5 o'clock game between BYU and Nevada. The Friday evening winners will meet in at 7 o'clock Saturday night, following the 4:30 p.m. game between the Friday evening losers. Wofford will face UMKC in Friday's second game at 2:30 p.m. with a matchup against either Longwood or Prairie View A&M Saturday.
Kevin Giltner scored a career-best 29 points to lead three Terriers in double figures. Drew Crowell added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Karl Cochran added 12 points and eight boards for Wofford. Bradley junior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards paced three Braves in double figures with 22 points. Senior forward Taylor Brown recorded his second straight double-double with 16 pionts and a game-high 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Walt Lemon, Jr. chipped in 14 points.
Trailing 36-27 at halftime, Bradley saw its deficit reach 11 points on three occasions early in the second half, before making its first comeback attempt. The Braves ultimately trimmed their deficit to 44-42 with 11:32 left on an Eastman layup out of a timeout. The Terriers quickly launched a 9-2 run in the next two minutes, however, to regain control.
After Bradley sliced a 63-51 deficit to 65-59, Cochran appeared to deliver the dagger by bagging a 3-pointer for a 68-59 lead with 1:59 left. The Braves made a frantic rally, however, forcing four turnovers in the final 1:37. A Lemon transition layup, a Brown 3-pointer and two Brown free throws cut the deficit to 68-66 with 59 seconds remaining.
Simms-Edwards got a steal on the ensuing possession, but missed a tying jumper with 36 seconds left. Lemon got another steal with 20 seconds left, setting up Bradley's final possession. Following a timeout, Brown was able to drive down the left side of the lane, but was unable to convert in traffic. Wofford point guard Brad Loesing secured the rebound and made two free throws with 4.1 seconds left finally nailed down the win.
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