PEORIA, Ill. – Junior forward Tyshon Pickett (Passaic, N.J./Passaic H.S.) made 7-of-12 field goal attempts while scoring a game-high 16 points, leading the Red squad to a 34-27 victory in the annual Bradley Basketball Red-White Scrimmage Friday night at Renaissance Coliseum.
The men’s intrasquad scrimmage capped off a Bradley Athletics tripleheader, labeled Cram the Coliseum. Southern Illinois spoiled the night’s beginning by knocking off the volleyball Braves in a 5-set match. The Bradley women’s basketball team followed with a 16-minute intrasquad scrimmage and the Bradley men’s basketball squad finished off the night with a 20-minute scrimmage of their own.
Pickett, a 6-foot-6 power forward who transferred to Bradley this summer from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, was the only double-digit scorer for the Braves. He added five rebounds and a steal in his 16 minutes on the floor. Senior swing man Jake Eastman (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman H.S.) and junior guard Walt Lemon, Jr. (Chicago, Ill./Julian H.S.) both chipped in seven points for the Red squad.
Sophomore forward Shayok Shayok (Ottawa, Ontario/IMG Academy) led the White side with six points, while sophomore guard Omari Grier (Erial, N.J./Episcopal Academy) chipped in five.
Seniors Will Egolf and Dyricus Simms-Edwards did not play due to a violation of team rules in the spring, which also will force sophomore Jalen Crawford and junior Jordan Prosser to the bench for the exhibition opener Oct. 29 against Upper Iowa.
Playing point guard for the Red squad, Lemon added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Redshirt freshman center Nate Wells made his presence felt primarily on the defensive end, grabbing a game-high six rebounds in his 17 minutes.
The Braves will play two preseason exhibition games, Oct. 29 against Upper Iowa at Renaissance Coliseum and Nov. 3 versus Wisconsin-Parkside at Carver Arena. Tickets for both exhibition games, as well as the Nov. 1 Spaghetti Supper, the Nov. 12 regular-season game versus Texas-Pan American at Renaissance Coliseum and the FAN-tastic 4-Pack (Eastern Illinois, Michigan, Wichita State and Illinois State) all went on sale Friday and will remain on sale at the Renaissance Coliseum box office during regular business hours.