Friday: the women hosted a tough Illinois State team that boasted a 10-3 record coming in, which included a blowout of the University of Illinois in Champaign.
And the game WAS close for 3 quarters; at the end of 3 Bradley lead 57-56. But then came the 4’th quarter and the Bradley defense was magnificent; they went on a 13-1 run and ended up with a 76-61 victory over a very good team.
ISU brought some fans and the decent weather helped; it was a nice atmosphere.
Related note: my wallet fell out of my pants but a friend found it and turned it in..so I got it back with everything intact.
Sunday: dreadful weather; the snow and ice hit right in the late afternoon/early evening..before the plows and salt trucks could do their work.
The result was a smaller than usual crowd by the standards of this season (but in line with the crowds when Bradley was losing)
Note: the “fake sad look” is part of a Facebook joke about being “stood up.” In reality Barbara felt ill and wasn’t up for going to the game.
And like the women; the men started slowly, going down 29-26 at the half. But like the women, they rallied strongly in the second half and shot the ball much better. The final was 67-48. The star guard had 21, a forward had 16 and the 6 11″ center had 11 rebounds and 5 of the 9 BU blocked shots.
Things got a bit chippy after this late game dunk; there was some jawing and the BU player got a technical.
sadly, toward the end of the first half, a SIU player was injured during a collision; just as he was planting his foot the back of his ankle/achilles area got stepped on (unintentionally); you could hear is moaning in the stands. It seemed as if the air in the SIU sails vanished after that; up to then they were playing well.