Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Sophomore guard Chris Fowler led CMU with 20 points and five assists against Bradley on Tuesday night.
Men's Basketball Falls at Bradley, 80-70
PEORIA, Ill. – Central Michigan men’s basketball came up short at Bradley on Tuesday night as the Braves had four players in double figures to lead them to a 80-70 victory.

The Chippewas (1-1) were led by sophomore guard Chris Fowler with 20 points and five assists, going 8-for-10 from the field. Fellow sophomore John Simons added 14 points and six rebounds while Austin Keel finished with 15 points, going 7-for-9 from the free throw line.

Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (3-0) with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. A pair of BU players tallied double-doubles – Tyshon Pickett with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Auston Barnes with 13 points and 10 boards. Omari Grier added 12 points for the Braves.

Bradley used an early 12-0 run to jump out to a 10-point lead six minutes into the game. A jumper by John Simons ended BU’s run with the teams trading buckets over the next few minutes. A quick 4-0 by Bradley boosted its lead to 12, 20-8, at the 9:11 mark of the first frame.

CMU answered with a 7-2 run to cut the Braves advantage to seven but Bradley again answered back with five straight points to give it a 27-15 lead. The BU lead would bounce between 8-and-13 points the rest of the half with Bradley holding a 39-28 advantage at the break.

A quick 6-0 run to start the second half pushed the Braves’ advantage up to 17 points, 45-28, but the Chippewas would come battling back, using a 10-2 run to get within nine points. Unfortunately for CMU, that was as close as it would get in the second stanza, as every time the Chippewas would get within single digits, Bradley would make a run to lengthen its lead. One final CMU run got the squad within 10 but time ran out with Bradley holding a 80-70 advantage. CMU actually outscored the Braves in the second half, 42-41.

The Braves used strong rebounding and solid shooting to get the victory. Bradley outrebounded CMU, 50-28, and was better from the field, shooting 50.8 percent for the game to CMU’s mark of 35.3 percent. Both teams were solid at the free throw strip with Bradley hitting 14-of-17 (.824) and CMU making 16-of-20 (.800). The Chippewas struggled from beyond the arc, making just 6-of-30 (.200) three-pointers while BU wasn’t much better at 4-of-16 (.250).

CMU committed just six turnovers while forcing Bradley into 19 miscues. Both teams had 12 assists with CMU winning the steals battle, 6-2, and the Braves finishing with more blocks, 4-0.

Central Michigan returns to action when it hosts Pepperdine on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.