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#18 Panthers fall at Bradley

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PEORIA (KWWL) -- The Bradley Braves scored a 68-59 victory over the No. 18 ranked University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Saturday afternoon in Carver Arena.

The Braves used a 45-27 scoring advantage in the second half after trailing 32-23 at the half. Bradley improved to 13-12 overall and 8-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while UNI dropped to 22-3 overall and 13-2 in the MVC.

The Panthers and Braves were knotted at 11-11 in the first half when the Panthers went on a 13-4 run to open up a 24-15 lead. The run was capped by an Anthony James 3-pointer with 5:36 left in the half.

The Braves began the second half on an 11-0 run to seize the lead from the Panthers. UNI regained the lead on a 3-pointer from Ali Farokhmanesh at 35-34 with 14:32 left in the game.

Senior center Jordan Eglseder pushed the Panther lead to three at 37-34 following a pair of free throws with 13:42 remaining. But a 7-0 run by the Braves was ignited by two free throws and a 3-pointer from Andrew Warren.

Senior Johnny Moran dropped in a pair of free throws to tie the game at 46-46 with 8:37 left. But a 6-0 run by the Braves erased the rally from the Panthers.

UNI climbed to within four points at 55-51, but could get no closer and the Braves claimed their first-ever win over a ranked team in Carver Arena.

Bradley had four of its starters reach double figures. Warren tallied a game-high 15 points, Chris Roberts scored 13 and Taylor Brown and Will Egolf each scored 12.

The Panthers were led by Farokhmanesh's 14 points. Eglseder posted 13 points and six rebounds, while Kwadzo Ahelegbe also tallied 13 points.

UNI will return home to play the Creighton Bluejays Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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