Braves’ cold shooting from perimeter dooms them again

The Bradley men’s basketball team hasn’t shot the ball well all season and the theme continued Wednesday night in a 62-55 loss to Drake at Carver Arena.

The Braves shot a dreadful 0-for-20 from the perimeter, connecting on no threes for the second time this year.

“We’ve been offensively challenged a lot of the year,” coach Geno Ford said. “It’s hard to play good offense when we shoot as poorly as that. We just couldn’t buy one. I thought we battled. It’s hard thing to fight through when we miss as many as we did.”

Bradley dropped to 7-21 overall and 2-14 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves are guaranteed to finish last in the MVC for the second consecutive season.

“We don’t play like a last place team that’s disenchanted and doesn’t have any purpose to what they’re doing,” Ford said. “Sometimes we play like a last place team from the standpoint we just don’t score. We just don’t score.”

With 9:35 remaining in the game Bradley trailed by 18-points but managed to cut the deficit to three with just over a minute left.

The Braves did so without senior leading scorer Taylor Brown who left the game with a toe injury and played only seven scoreless minutes.

“When you’re taking away a guy that can score it’s going to make it a little tougher on other guys to get those easy open shots because they just aren’t available,” Ford said.

Sophomore Walt Lemon Jr. picked up the scoring slack pouring in a game-high 22 points. Sophomore Jordan Prosser scored in double figures with 10 points and also added nine rebounds.

Ford said the team is going to continue to work and try to improve with only three regular season games remaining.

“It’s been the best practice group I’ve ever had,” Ford said. “They come to practice and work. We’ve gotten better. You need to win and we aren’t quite able to do it. We’re hanging and we haven’t thrown in the towel. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”