ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nate Kannell came off the bench to score 19 points, including what turned out to be the game-winning 3-pointer, and Bradley knocked out 2018 Final Four team Loyola-Chicago 53-51 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
But Townes, the team’s leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, was only 3-of-17 shooting Saturday with seven points and missed the game’s final shot, a short jumper as time ran out.
Kannell’s 3-pointer from the baseline with 1:21 left gave Bradley a 53-49 lead. Townes scored inside with just over a minute to go and Bradley turned the ball over on a traveling call with 38.6 remaining. Bradley had fouls to give and used three in quick succession to get the clock down to 13 seconds with their defense forcing a last-second shot by Townes.
There were 12 lead changes and seven ties and neither team had a double-digit lead.
Kannell, selected as MVC’s co-sixth man of the year, was 7-of-13 shooting with five 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Elijah Childs added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.