New Years Eve college hoops: Bradley cruises past UIC, Illinois State falls to UNI

Published: Dec. 31, 2022 at 9:43 PM CST
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (25 News Now) - Both Bradley and Illinois State played their final home games of 2022 on Saturday afternoon.

The Braves extended its home win streak to 15 straight with a route of UIC 79-45. Bradley led 39-13 at the half and continued to pour it on. Bradley forward Rienk Mast had a double-double in the first half and finished the game with 13 points at 17 rebounds. Duke Deen led Bradley with 14 points. The win moves Bradley to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Illinois State dropped its second-straight game Saturday, losing to UNI 66-60 at CEFCU Arena despite Liam McChesney’s 22 points. The Panthers were led by Bowen Born, the MVC’s leading scorer, who scored 25 points. The Redbirds fall to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in MVC play.