Wichitast 69
Bradley 63
Date of game: 1/6/2013

Recap: Bradley vs. Wichita State

Peoria, IL (Sports Network) - Cleanthony Early poured in 24 points to lift the Wichita State Shockers to a 69-63 decision over the Bradley Braves in a Missouri Valley Conference bout at Carver Arena.

Demetric Williams added 10 points for the Shockers (14-1, 3-0 MVC) while Ehimen Orukpe grabbed nine rebounds.

Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 15 points apiece for Bradley (10-5, 2-1). Jake Eastman netted 11 points, Tyshon Pickett had 10 points, and Lemon Jr. also contributed eight boards and five assists in the loss that snapped the Braves' brief two-game winning streak.

Both teams were red-hot from the field in the first half, with Bradley shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and Wichita State making good on 51.9 percent of its attempts. The Shockers held a 4-1 advantage at the foul line in the half and took a slim 35-34 lead into intermission.

The back-and-forth play continued throughout the second half. With the Shockers down by two with under four minutes to play, Early drained a 3- pointer to give them a 62-61 lead, and they never surrendered that advantage from there.

The contest consisted of 10 ties and 12 lead changes.

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