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Bradley all over Eagles
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PEORIA, Ill. – Darrell Brown tallied 17 points and seven assists, and Bradley shot 67 percent from 3-point range to down Georgia Southern men's basketball 81-51 Sunday afternoon in Carver Arena.

Eagles of the Game
Elijah McCadden tallied 12 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot, and Calvin Wishart collected 11 points, two assists and two blocks. Quan Jackson recorded 10 points and four rebounds.

Key moments
Brown scored six points as Bradley (8-3) jumped out to a 16-3 lead to start the game. The Eagles (6-4) made just one of their first 15 shots and committed two turnovers during the stretch. Another 12-4 Bradley run, capped by Elijah Child's traditional 3-point play, pushed the lead to 15 points at 28-13 with 7:07 left in the half. The Braves would go on to lead 42-22 at halftime.

Georgia Southern came out of the locker room with a 9-2 run and whittled the margin down to 12 points twice in the second half, but that was as close as the Eagles would get. 

Key stats
Bradley shot 57 percent in the first half, made 4 of 5 from 3-point range and held the Eagles to 7 of 36 from the floor. GS made just two 2-point field goals and shot 5 of 19 from long distance in the frame. In the second half, Bradley made 8 of 13 from distance.

Quotables from Mark Byington
"It was a combination of things on the offensive end. Early on, I thought we were getting good shots, and when you get a good shot against them because they are so good on defense, there's a lot more pressure to be able to make them. We had about three or four open ones, and we didn't knock those down, which put more pressure on us. At the same time, we were fine early on. It was going to be a grind-it-out game, but the game shouldn't have been a high-scoring game. The biggest thing that bothered us today and disappoints me is that we let the missed shots on the offensive end affect us on the defensive end. We turned it into a free-flowing game and didn't compete well on defense, and they have some guys who were able to make shots because it wasn't an intense grind-it-out game. They were tougher than us, played harder than us and executed more, and we just didn't come out with the right mentality that you need to be able to beat a team like this on the road."

Next up

Georgia Southern returns to Hanner Fieldhouse this week to open Sun Belt Conference play against Texas State (Dec. 19) and UTA (Dec. 21). Both contests can be seen on ESPN+.