Brown leads defending MVC tournament champ Bradley over Southern Illinois

Darrell Brown scored a team-high 19 points for the Braves.
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ST. LOUIS — Darrell Brown scored 19 points, and Ja’Shon Henry converted the tie-breaking three-point play with 19.7 seconds remaining to give fourth-seeded Bradley a 64-59 win over fifth-seeded Southern Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals on Friday.

Coming out of a timeout following two free throws by Ronnie Suggs to tie the game with 43 seconds left, Nate Kennell got the ball in the right corner. Kennell drove into the lane, angling toward the free-throw line and dropped to ball to Henry, who was cutting down the left side of the key for the layup and-1.

The Salukis missed a shot, and Brown wrapped up a semifinal date with eighth-seeded Drake on Saturday with a pair of free throws. Drake upset league champion Northern Iowa earlier Friday.

Elijah Childs added 16 points with nine rebounds for Bradley (21-11) and Ville Tahvanainen had 12 points. Brown also had eight assists.

Lance Jones had 20 points for the Salukis (16-16) and Eric McGill added 10.