Jake Eastman's basket with nine-tenths of a second to play Saturday gave Bradley a 63-62 nonconference victory over Illinois-Chicago.|
Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves (16-13) with 22 points. He drove the lane and passed to Eastman for the winning shot.
Gary Talton's basket with 37 seconds to play had given the Flames (15-13) a 62-61 lead.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 17 points and Tyshon Pickett scored 10 for Bradley of the Missouri Valley. Pickett and Shayok Shayok grabbed six rebounds to lead the Braves in that category.
Daniel Barnes scored 18 and grabbed five boards to lead UIC of the Horizon League. Marc Brown scored 13.
Eastern Illinois 59, Northern Illinois 47:Morris Woods had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and Eastern Illinois held off Northern Illinois for a BracketBuster victory.
Eastern Illinois (9-20) led 27-25 at halftime but used an 11-2 run to begin the second half capped off by Alex Austin's 3-pointer with 16:07 to go and the Panthers never looked back.
Abdel Nader led all scorers for Northern Illinois (5-20) with 17 points and pulled seven rebounds.
Southern Illinois 74, Miami (Ohio) 68 OT:Jeff Early had 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and Southern Illinois won its BracketBuster game by beating Miami (Ohio) in overtime.
Down 56-54 and the clock winding down, Early hit a jumper with 1 second left to tie it at the end of regulation and send the two teams to overtime. He added a 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in overtime to give Southern Illinois (12-16) a 59-58 lead and the Salukis never trailed again.
Desmar Jackson added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Salukis.
Kent State 70, Loyola of Chicago 63:Chris Evans scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Kent State's victory over BracketBusters foe Loyola of Chicago.
Kris Brewer added 14 points and was 3 of 3 from the 3-point line for the Golden Flashes (15-12), who also got 13 from Randal Holt and 12 from Darren Goodson.
Christian Thomas led the Ramblers (14-14) with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds.
Connecticut 81, DePaul 69:Shabazz Napier scored 28 points, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun added 17 apiece, and Connecticut beat DePaul.
The Huskies (19-7, 9-5 Big East)trailed by three points at the break and were down one early in the second half when they scored 13 straight to take control and send the Blue Demons (11-16, 2-12) to their 11th loss in 12 games.
DePaul got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Cleveland Melvin and shot 48 percent, but they were just 5 of 15 on 3-pointers. Brandon Young, who scored a career-high 35 in a loss at Connecticut last month, finished with 13 this time.
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