Bradshaw leads Belmont past SE Missouri St, 78-77

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Bradshaw scored 25 points and Reece Chamberlain had 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to help Belmont hold off a late rally by Southeast Missouri State for a 78-77 win in the Ohio Valley opener for both teams on Thursday.

Bradshaw made 10 of 15 field goals, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and Evan Bradds added 14 points for Belmont (9-5).

The Bruins took a 76-68 lead with 5:10 remaining on a 3 by Bradshaw.

Both teams went scoreless over the next 2:40, before J.J. Thompson made a pair of free throws for Southeast Missouri State (6-8).

A 3 by Isiah Jones 16 seconds later pulled the Redhawks within 76-73.

After a jumper by Bradshaw, Thompson hit two more free throws and Jarekious Bradley, who finished with 20 points, scored to make it 78-77 at 43 seconds.

A steal by Bradshaw with 3 seconds to go sealed it.