Bradley 25 24 49
Drake 35 30 65
Date of game: 3/1/2012

Recap: Drake vs. Bradley

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Rayvonte Rice posted a game-high 18 points to lead the Drake Bulldogs to a 65-49 win over the Bradley Braves in first round action of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

Ben Simons added 16 points to help pace the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (17-14).

Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 16 points to lead the way for the 10th-seeded Braves (7-25), which also got 14 points from Dyricus Simms-Edwards.

Bradley was limited to just 39.1 percent from the floor during the first half of play, helping Drake to a 35-25 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs continued to stifle the Braves during the second stanza, this time limiting the club to a meager 29.6 percent shooting clip en route to the victory.

The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and they committed just nine turnovers.

Drake advances to face No. 2 Creighton in Friday's quarterfinals.

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