PEORIA, Ill. -- Walt Lemon Jr. scored 23 points and Bradley defeated Drake 67-57 Saturday night in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 20 points and eight steals for the Braves (9-4), who only won seven games all of last season. Tyshon Pickett added 10 points and eight rebounds for Bradley.Ben Simons had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-6), but was guarded by Simms-Edwards and made just 4 of 18 shots. Chris Hines scored 11 points and Seth VanDeest scored 10.Drake held a 46-34 rebounding advantage, but the Bulldogs shot just 34 percent from the field. Bradley outscored Drake 26-16 in the paint, shot 41 percent and led for nearly the entire game.