Braves Struggle Against New Orleans

Bradley University Athletics

(Bradley Sports) – Donte Thomas turned in his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but Bradley (1-5) could not overcome a cold shooting night, falling to New Orleans, 64-51, Wednesday night at Carver Arena.

The Privateers (2-2) used a 7-0 run early in the second half to build a 40-29 advantage and never let the hosts get closer than six points the rest of the way, sending Bradley to its fifth consecutive loss.

New Orleans guards Nate Frey and Christavious Gill shared game-high scoring honors with 13 points, each. Ka’Darryl Bell was the game’s only other double-digit scorer with 10 points for the Braves.

Both teams struggled to shoot the ball Wednesday, but New Orleans hit 7-of-12 (.583) 3-point field goal attempts and outscored the Braves by 15 from beyond the arc. New Orleans finished 21-for-56 (.375) overall from the field, including just 14-of-48 (.292) on its 2-point field goal attempts, and 15-of-27 (.556) from the free throw line. The Braves were 17-of-54 (.315) overall from the floor, 2-of-18 (.111) from 3-point range and 15-of-28 (.536) from the free throw line.

Bradley will try to rebound against an Southeastern Conference team coming off a NCAA Tournament appearance Saturday when the Braves host Ole Miss (4-2) in a 1 p.m. tip Saturday at Carver Arena.

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