Bradley beats Drake 76-66 in MVC tournament semifinal

Danya Kingsby and the Bradley Braves will play for the title on Sunday against the Valparaiso-Missouri State winner.
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ST. LOUIS — Darrell Brown scored 25 points to lead five in double-figure scoring as No. 4 seed Bradley beat eighth-seeded Drake 76-66 on Saturday to advance to a second straight Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship.

Bradley (22-11) will play for the title on Sunday against the Valparaiso-Missouri State winner.

Nate Kennell added 12 points for the Braves. Danya Kingsby and Elijah Childs had 11 points apiece and Koch Bar chipped in 10.

Liam Robbins scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Drake (20-14). Roman Penn added 17 points and D.J. Wilkins had 14.

The Braves never trailed after the opening minute and built a 44-35 halftime lead. Drake pulled to 52-49, but Bradley answered with a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by Bar’s pump-fake jumper in the key that drew a foul from Robbins, his fourth of the game. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to six points with five minutes to play but didn’t get closer.