Bradley Leads Illinois State at Halftime, 33-31
Feb. 9, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - Visiting Bradley built as large as a 12-point first half lead, but Illinois State closed the stanza on a 12-2 run over the final 5:24, and trails by just two, 33-31, at halftime of Saturday's Missouri Valley Conference rivalry game on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Osiris Eldridge has 10 points to pace ISU, and Bradley has been led by Theron Wilson's 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
A pair of momentum-changing runs highlighted the opening four minutes of the game. Bradley scored on three of its first four possessions to take a 7-0 lead, with Wilson, Andrew Warren and Jeremy Crouch providing the field goals. But the Redbirds fought back with a 9-0 flurry to take a 9-7 lead. Eldridge started the spree with back-to-back field goals. At the first media timeout (15:23), ISU owned an 11-9 advantage.
The Braves answered with an 8-0 run out of the break, and forced the Redbirds into their first timeout trailing 17-11. Warren scored on a putback following two-consecutive offensive rebounds, while Daniel Ruffin and Wilson added three-pointers. Bradley continued its torrid shooting, building two double-digit leads in the ensuing five and a half minutes. Between the 11:49 and 7:49 marks, the Braves went on a 10-6 spree to take a 27-17 lead at the half's third media timeout. BU's Matt Salley had four points in the stretch.
The Redbirds called their second timeout with 5:18 remaining after Bradley completed a quick 4-0 spurt, and claimed a 31-19 lead. Eldridge and Dom Johnson tallied back-to-back three-point field goals coming out of the timeout, and closed the gap to six, 31-25, with 3:47 remaining. ISU finished the stanza on a 6-2 spurt, including four points by Emmanuel Holloway, to pull within 33-31 heading into the locker room at halftime.