PEORIA, Ill. – Bradley used a late seven-point run to break open a close game as the Braves posted a 61-53 men’s basketball victory over Delaware Tuesday night at Carver Arena.

Bradley (2-0) led by just a point at 48-47 with 4:54 to play but Nate Kennell buried a three-pointer, Donte Thomas added a layup and Luuk van Bree hit two free throws to put the Braves up eight with 2:46 to play. The Blue Hens (1-1) could not get closer than six the rest of the way.

UD junior forward Eric Carter recorded game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds to notch his second consecutive double-double, while freshman Kevin Anderson contributed 15 points and eight boards. Anthony Mosley came off the bench to score 13 points, but the rest of the Blue Hens combined for just seven points.

van Bree paced Bradley with 15 points off the bench, while Darrell Brown scored 11 and Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Blue Hens got off to another solid start by taking an early 15-6 lead, but then converted just one basket over the next eight minutes. Bradley took advantage by going on a 16-2 run, surging in front 22-17 on a JoJo McGlaston three-pointer with five minutes left in the half.

Delaware countered with six consecutive points, but Bradley responded to take a 31-27 cushion into the break.

Delaware went down as much as eight at 38-30 but then scored nine straight points, going in front 39-38 on a Derrick Woods basket with 11 minutes remaining.

It was still just a one-point game six minutes later, before the Braves went on their pivotal run to take control.

“Tonight was a tough, hard-fought game. It wasn’t pretty at times, and both teams struggled to score. Credit Bradley, they were a little more hungry than us on both ends of the floor. They did a good job defensively taking us out of what we were trying to do. We have a lot to build off of. Our freshmen are getting good experience, and we have a lot to learn. We got some good looks tonight, but just couldn’t get them to fall.”

• Delaware was looking to defeat Bradley for the third straight year
• The Blue Hens shot just 39.6 percent from the field, including 2 of 14 from three-point range
• Bradley shot only 33.3 percent, but grabbed 19 offensive rebounds
• Both teams struggled at the foul line as well, with UD going 13 of 23 and the Braves shooting 15 of 26 from the stripe

Delaware vs. Wesley – Friday, November, 17 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at UNCG – November 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. North Carolina Wesleyan (Greensboro, N.C.) – November 21, 2017 (4:30 p.m.)

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