January 10, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Evansville in a 66-56 victory over Bradley on Saturday.

Mockevicius made 5 of 7 field goals and added two steals and two blocks. D.J. Balentine scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and Mislav Brzoja added 10 for Evansville (12-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley). The Purple Aces shot 24 of 45 for 53 percent from the field and outrebounded the Braves 36-32.

Bradley scored four quick points to open the second half and tie it at 36. Evansville answered with a 12-3 surge to make it 48-39 with 14:57 to play, and the Purple Aces led the rest of the way.

Bradley shot just 18 of 56 for 32 percent from the floor. Omari Grier scored 15 points, Tramique Sutherland 12 and Josh Cunningham 10 to lead the Braves (6-11, 1-3).

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