Just call it Warren’s Last Stand.
A performance riddled with career highs gave senior Andrew Warren his final hurrah at Carver Arena a lot of life in a 90-64 drubbing of Drake University.
With 33 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Warren set new highs for his career at Bradley. Twenty two of his points came in a 51-point second half in which the Braves shot a blistering 77 percent from the field.
Not only did Warren fill up the scoreboard, he used Drake’s aggressive defense on him to help his teammates score as well.
“I’ve never been a selfish player,” Warren said. “I just know I’m supposed score for this basketball team. Early in the game, coach was telling me that they were really crashing hard on me and [freshman Jordan] Pross[er] was open. It’s just making smart plays.”
Alongside senior Dodie Dunson, the two received an uproar of cheers when they exited from the floor at Carver Arena for the final time with two minutes left.
“It’s been fun to watch [Warren],” coach Jim Les said. “In the past, he’s just been a shooter, but I’m amazed this year at the variety of ways he’s been able to score. The ability to hold this team together after all its been through a lot of credit goes to these guys on their leadership and work ethic.”
Dunson left Bradley fans with a line of 17 points and six rebounds.
“Dodie made his first couple shots to get us going offensively,” Warren said. “We just got rolling from there.”
Junior Will Egolf and sophomore Dyricus Simms-Edwards were the other two Braves in double figures with 11 and 15 respectively.
Before the game, Dunson shared wisdom with his senior counterpart.
“Dodie told me before the game, ‘You better get 30 and 10. Nothing less than that,’” Warren said.
Coach Les said he wished Dunson wouldn’t have waited for so long to tell Warren that.
“You could have pulled this out a little sooner,” Les said.
Bradley will face the Bulldogs again in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Thursday.
“To end the year on this note and to have to play the same team next week, I’ll take this as the best game this year,” Warren said on behalf of Les.
Editor’s Note: Results of the Drake-Bradley were not available at presstime.