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Bradley Basketball Weekend Sweep

Two of the games were very similar; one was different.

Friday Night: Indiana State at Bradley (women)

Yes, when I finished up at the University of Texas (and was a big women’s basketball fan), I watched Vicki Hall…now the ISU-blue coach. Andrea Gorski was the Bradley star when I watched them my first year on campus in 1991-1992. Now they were opposing head coaches.

As far as the game: well, it started 20-20 after one quarter, 39-39 at the half and ended 81-80 Bradley. So, a close game all the way right?

Nope.

In the third quarter ISU pressed and got some easy baskets off of turn overs; they lead 70-54 going into the 4’th quarter. That is 31-15, ISU. Well, BU tried to fight back but hurt itself by missing front end of 1 and 1 free shots …and with 3:45 left in the game, ISU blue lead 78-63

BU wastes a minute but a 3 cuts the lead to 12 with 2:24 to go…still…

But then….3 point shot, steal, 3 point shot, steal, basket, all within a few seconds. Now it was only a 7 point game with time left for a comeback and ISU was clearly rattled. Their coach would NOT have been..when she played. But her players are not her…yet.

ISU just fell completely apart

And yes, BU took a 1 point lead with 7 seconds to go and held on during the final possession. Mind you, BU missed several free throws down the stretch..but just played through it.

This was one of the most exciting basketball games I’ve watched in person..since, oh 1985?

Saturday Night: Indiana State at Bradley (men)

Very different game. BU ran out to an 11-0 lead and 54-27 at the half, shooting 62 percent from the field and a ridiculous 9-12 from 3 point range (75 percent). Both numbers regressed to 56 percent in the second half (still outlier good) but here is a key stat: 44-27 on the glass…that is rebounding dominance.

Crowd: not the best, but somewhat above average.

Final was 96-67, with Bradley clearing its bench over the final 6 minutes.

Sunday Afternoon: Evansville at Bradley (women)

Evansville is not a good team, though they are improved from last year…clearly so.

Still, this one was somewhat close early (21-20) but ended 55-28 at the half. It was clear dominance.

The second half saw the lead swell to 30 + before BU emptied its bench for much of the 4’th quarter and cruised to a 81-63 win. The game was not as close as the final might indicate.

Overall…when you throw in the men’s road win this Wednesday (at Northern Iowa) it was an excellent week for Bradley Basketball.

February 11, 2019 - Posted by | basketball | ,

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