MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Bradley (5-4) suddenly went cold midway through the second hald and Milwaukee (9-2) took advantage to pull out a 73-67 win Saturday afternoon at the Klotsche Center.
The Braves were shooting as warm as 55 percent from the field early in the second half, but the visitors made only one field goal, a Walt Lemon Jr. 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds left, in the game's final 10:24.
Jordan Aaron scored 13 points off the Panthers bench, including nine points in the final 4:02, to help the Panthers pull away from a 60-58 margin. Bradley pulled even, 53-53, on a Tyshon Pickett bucket with 10:24 left, but was limited to 11 free throws before Lemon's 3-pointer kept hope alive by getting the Braves within 70-67. The Panthers closed the game by making 3-of-6 free throw attempts, while the Braves committed two of their nine turonvers for the game in the closing seconds.
Lemon and Pickett led all scorers with 20 points, but they were the only two Bradley players to score from the field in the second half. Auston Barnes added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Braves. Kyle Kelm and Austin Arians both scored for Milwaukee, while Matt Tiby chipped in with 15 to go with Aaron's 13.
Bradley will return to action Tuesday night by hosting IPFW in the last game before Fall semester final exams. Tuesday's 7 p.m. game against the Mastodons will be proceeded earlier in the day by a Braves Club Game Day Luncheon, presented by Herget Bank, featuring Braves head coach Geno Ford and MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin.