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Perry, Rudd lead Bulls past Bradley


Published:   |   Updated: December 29, 2013 at 08:24 AM

PEORIA, Ill. — Chris Perry scored 18 points and Victor Rudd added 17 to lead South Florida over Bradley 61-57 on Saturday.

The Bulls (9-4) trailed by five points with less than five minutes left in the game before pulling out the victory.

South Florida took the lead for good with 1:15 left on a pair of free throws by Corey Allen Jr., who ended the game with 11 points.

The Braves trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before climbing back into the game.

Lemon put Bradley up 30-28 for their first lead of the game on a dunk with under a minute left in the half.

Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves (5-8) with 17 points, while Tyshon Pickett added 16.

Bradley opens Missouri Valley Conference play Wednesday at Northern Iowa.

South Florida hosts Memphis on Tuesday to open the American Athletic Conference schedule.

SOUTH FLORIDA (9-4) — Rudd 7-16 0-0 17, LeDay 0-2 2-2 2, Perry 7-8 4-8 18, Allen Jr. 3-7 5-6 11, McLendon 1-6 1-2 3, Brock 3-4 0-2 6, Abdul-Aleem 0-0 0-0 0, Egbunu 2-4 0-2 4, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 12-22 61.

BRADLEY (5-8) — Barnes 1-6 1-2 4, Swopshire 2-4 0-0 6, Wells 1-1 0-0 2, Bell 2-4 2-2 8, Lemon Jr. 7-17 3-3 17, Pickett 7-13 2-4 16, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Grier 1-4 0-0 2, Zecevic 0-0 0-0 0, Blake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 8-11 57.

Halftime—Bradley 30-28. 3-Point Goals—South Florida 3-15 (Rudd 3-9, Allen Jr. 0-3, McLendon 0-3), Bradley 5-12 (Bell 2-2, Swopshire 2-4, Barnes 1-2, Lemon Jr. 0-1, Grier 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—South Florida 34 (Egbunu 9), Bradley 28 (Pickett 8). Assists—South Florida 16 (Allen Jr. 6), Bradley 12 (Lemon Jr. 7). Total Fouls—South Florida 13, Bradley 20. A—6,221.

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