Brown helps Bradley top Missouri State 72-52; 11-0 at home

Darrell Brown scored 20 points with eight assists, Elijah Childs added 12 points with 12 rebounds and Bradley pulled away in the second half to defeat Missouri State 72-52 Tuesday night, maintaining a perfect record on its home court this season.

Jayden Hodgson made a 3-pointer to start a 16-2 breakaway run that turned a one-point lead into 17, 47-30, midway through the second half, and Bradley (15-7, 5-4 Missouri Valley Conference) wasn’t challenged again.

Evaluating a schedule months before the season begins is a fool’s errand, obviously: Some of the teams that were good last year are not going to be good this year (see the 2016 Carolina Panthers) while bad teams from 2016 are going to be good. Awful Announcing called it a better schedule — at least in terms of market sizes of the teams involved and the previous success of the teams themselves — but not by a whole lot.

German was 7 of 7 from the field and made all five of his free throws. Lacey James added 15 points for Northern Illinois (10-10, 3-4 Mid-American Conference), which had five players in double-figure scoring and snapped a two-game skid.

Rodrick Caldwell scored 13 points and Demajeo Wiggins had 11 to lead Bowling Green (12-8, 3-4). The Falcons have lost three of their last four games.

A 23-6 run stretched the Huskies’ lead to 62-40 with 9:10 to play. Noah McCarty scored all seven of his points during the spurt, and James added four and capped it with a dunk.

Northern Illinois shot 38 of 62 (61 percent) from the field and made all nine free-throw attempts. The Falcons shot 40 percent from the floor, just 6 of 21 from long range (28.6 percent), and missed 11 free throws.

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