November 28, 2019 / 1:31 AM / 14 days ago

Bradley pulls away to beat Kansas State for tourney title

Bradley stretched a narrow halftime lead to double figures, defeating Kansas State 73-60 Wednesday in the consolation game of the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off.

The Braves hit 6-of-11 3-point shots in the second half, compared to just 1-of-13 from beyond the arc for Kansas State after halftime.

Bradley had 23 turnovers, but Kansas State managed only 22 points off those turnovers.

Bradley (5-2) had four players score in double figures, led by Nate Kennell with 22. Darrell Brown had 16, Elijah Childs had 12 and Ja’Shon Henry had 11.

Kansas State (4-2) was led by Xavier Sneed with 15 points. Shaun Williams and Mike McGuirl each chipped in 10 points. Second-leading scorer Cartier Diarra was held to just six points, including 0-for-3 on 3-pointers.

Bradley pulled away early in the second half, as Kansas State struggled to find the range. The Wildcats missed their first seven shots before Williams made a second-chance layup with 13:51 left to cut the deficit to 44-39.

The Wildcats got to within 44-42 when Williams hit a 3-pointer, but Bradley answered with a 5-0 spurt.

When Henry grabbed an offensive rebound and got the put-back, it gave the Braves their largest lead of the game. Bradley gradually pulled away, reaching its first double-figure lead (61-51) with 5:52 left in the game.

The closest Kansas State could get the rest of the way was seven points at 63-56.

Both teams were more effective in the first half than they were in their semifinal losses. Bradley shot 54.2 percent from the field, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range in taking a 38-37 lead into the half. The Braves were led by Kennell with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

Sneed led all scorers with 11 points in the first half for Kansas State, which shot 48.3 percent from the field. Sneed was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Kansas State has led in only one game this season, their loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Wildcats have struggled from 3-point range this season, but they were 3-of-8 from long range in the first half against Bradley.

—Field Level Media

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