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MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bradley posts 1,600th win in program history

2014-02-06T23:00:00Z 2014-02-07T01:03:05Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bradley posts 1,600th win in program historyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 06, 2014 11:00 pm  • 

Walt Lemon Jr. scored 21 points, including 18 in the second half, as Bradley topped Loyola 63-54 Thursday for its first road victory of the year and 1,600th win in program history.

Auston Barnes' basket with 4:09 left in the game gave Bradley (10-14, 5-6 Missouri Valley) a 51-48 lead, and Tyshon Pickett hit a big 3-pointer with 3:04 remaining to extend the lead to 54-48.

The Braves closed the game on a 9-4 run, hitting 7 of 10 free throws over the final 1:43 to pull away from Loyola (8-15, 3-8).

Bradley trailed 28-26 at half before Lemon scored the first four points after the break and recorded 10 second-half points less than 5 minutes into the period.

Pickett had 13 points and nine rebounds while Omari Grier added 11.

Milton Doyle had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Ramblers. Devon Turk added 13 points.

Eastern Illinois 91, UT-Martin 79: Sherman Blanford scored a career-high 30 points, 23 in the second half, and Eastern Illinois rallied to beat UT-Martin, handing the Skyhawks their third-straight loss.

Dylan Chatman scored 17, Josh Piper and Alex Austin had 11 each, and Eastern Illinois (9-14, 6-5 Ohio Valley) avenged a Jan. 23, 84-77 loss to UT-Martin.

UT-Martin (7-18, 2-8) led 18-16 on a jumper by Terence Smith, then pulled ahead on a 10-1 run. Aaron Siler's trey made it a two-point game, but UT-Martin's Smith and Marshun Newell hit two 3-pointers apiece and the Skyhawks led 47-37 at halftime.

Blanford's jumper opened a 13-4 second-half run and the Panthers took a 59-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Piper, then pulled away on a 14-0 run and cruised. The Panthers shot 56.4 percent to the Skyhawks' 46.9 percent.

Myles Taylor led UT-Martin with 17, Smith had 14, Newell 12, and Dee Oldham 10.

SIU-Edwardsville 93, SE Missouri St 88, OT: Donivine Stewart scored nine points, dished out 11 assists and sank the final free throws that cemented SIU-Edwardsville's overtime win over Southeast Missouri State.

Rozell Nunn scored 21 points and had eight rebound for SIU-Edwardsville (9-15, 5-5 Ohio Valley Conference), which shot 49 percent from the field, including 13 of 25 from 3-point range, in its fourth-straight home court win.

Keaton Jackson contributed 16 points, including the game-tying layup at the buzzer to force overtime. Kris Davis also scored 16 for the Cougars, while Christian Salecich had 14.

SE Missouri (12-12, 3-7) led by as many as eight midway through the second half on a three-point play by Jarekious Bradley that made it 53-45. But the Cougars shaved the gap and then outscored the Redhawks 14-9 in OT to take the win.

Tyler Stone led the Redhawks with a career-high 37 points in the loss.

No. 9 Michigan St. 82, Penn St. 67: Adreian Payne scored 12 points in his return from a foot injury, and Michigan State kept pace atop the Big Ten with a victory over Penn State.

Payne hadn't played since Jan. 7 because of a sprained foot, but although he didn't start Thursday, he did play 18 minutes, going 5 of 9 from the field. The Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) were still nowhere near full strength. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, sat out, and Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace graduate, is still out because of a broken hand.

Kenny Kaminski scored a career-high 19 points for the Spartans.

Tim Frazier scored 22 points for Penn State (12-11, 3-7), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

No. 2 Arizona 67, Oregon 65: Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in place of injured starter Brandon Ashley, and Arizona grinded out a victory over Oregon.

Coming off its first loss of the season, Arizona (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12) labored offensively in its first game without Ashley, who is out for the season with a foot injury.

As they have so many times this season, the Wildcats pulled out a victory by turning up the defensive pressure late to overcome a 4-for-16 effort from 3-point range and 16 missed free throws.

T.J. McConnell hit a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left and Johnson went 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to prevent the Wildcats' first losing streak of the season.

Joseph Young and Jason Calliste had 14 points each and Damyean Dotson added 12 for the Ducks (15-7, 3-7) , who missed key free throws in the closing seconds and a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

No. 7 Cincinnati 63, No. 22 UConn 58: Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge as Cincinnati won its 15th straight.

The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game in front of a crowd of 12,432 — their biggest of the season.

Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.

Jackson had six points and blocked a shot during a 13-4 run that rallied Cincinnati midway through the second half. Jermaine Sanders' two free throws with 18.5 seconds left gave Cincinnati a 61-58 lead.

UConn's Niels Giffey missed a 3-point shot, and Kilpatrick got the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws.

Shabazz Napier scored 16 points for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4) who were playing their highest-ranked opponent this season. They are 2-2 against Top 25 teams, with wins over Florida and Memphis and losses to Louisville and Cincinnati.

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