The Bradley Braves, 2-14 in the MIssouri Valley Conference in the regular season, were trying to pull the upset on the Drake Bulldogs in the opening round of the conference tournament, but their upset bid was really over before it ever got started. Drake scored the first 12 points of the ballgame and never trailed, winning 65-49. They'll advance to play the second-seeded Creighton Blue Jays in the second round.
Drake guard Rayvonte Rice led all scorers with 18 points to go along with five rebounds, and forward Ben Simons added 16. The Bulldogs didn't play their best game -- they shot 45.5 percent from the field but only 30.8 percent from three-point range -- but had just too much talent for the overmatched Braves.
Bradley got a combined 30 points from guards Walt Lemon and Dyricus Simms-Edwards, but they struggled to find any consistency on offense from anywhere on the floor. They shot 34 percent from the field, just 20 percent from deep -- three-point shooting is the tried-and-true recipe for an upset -- and turned the ball over 13 times to just eight assists. They finish their season 7-25 and 2-16 in the conference.
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