MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Forwards Jordan Prosser and Tyshon Pickett each scored 17 points, leading visiting Bradley (5-1) to an 82-65 win at Central Michigan (3-3) Wednesday night at McGuirk Arena.
Aided by Prosser’s career-best 17 points, the Braves picked up their second November road win for the first time in the history of the program and equaled their record for overall November wins (5-2 in both 2006 and 2007).
Bradley held its host without a field goal for the final 4:11 of the first half and the final 6:08 of the second half, using both stretches to pull away. The Braves used the first-half close to stretch a 32-27 lead to 40-29 at the break, then prevented CMU’s last rally by stretching a 74-64 lead to the final margin.
The Braves countered Central Michigan’s full-court pressure with composure and the desire to pound the ball into the paint. Bradley committed only nine turnovers and scored 66 points in the paint, one more than CMU’s final scoring total. The combination of Pickett (8-12) and Prosser (8-11) combined to make 16-of-23 field goal attempts, supporting Bradley’s overall 53.7 percent effort from the field.
In addition to the post tandem, Bradley got 14 points apiece from guards Walt Lemon, Jr. and Dyricus Simms-Edwards, as well as 12 points off the bench from Jake Eastman. Kyle Randall led the Chippewas with a game-high 21 points.
The Braves will open a season-long, 4-game home stand by hosting #3 Michigan (6-0) Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena. Lower bowl tickets for Saturday’s game sold out Wednesday, but $15 and $8 tickets in the upper bowl still remain for the game against the highest-ranked opponent to ever visit Carver Arena and the only BCS AQ conference school to visit a Missouri Valley Conference venue this season. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office (309-677-2625), the Carver Arena Box Office or any TicketMaster outlet during regular business hours or online anytime at BradleyBraves.com.