Bradley Shocks No. 16 Drake

Turnovers torpedo Bulldogs' chances of rallying
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 4:02 AM CST
Drake's Josh Young, right, looks to drive around Bradley's Daniel Ruffin (20) during the first half of this college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Bradley Braves did what no team had been able to do so far this season: defeat No. 16 Drake at home. Between Jeremy Crouch's 23 points and Theron Wilson's 15, Bradley put together a 72-71 victory, its eighth in ten games. Perhaps most impressive, though, was the Braves' blanking of the Bulldogs in the final five minutes, AP reports.

Holding a 23-2 team scoreless for so long would be impressive for anyone, but few expected it from 16-12 Bradley, currently tied for fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Drake, which has clinched the conference title, started the game inauspiciously with five turnovers in a dozen minutes, then couldn't clamp down on the Braves when it mattered.