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Illinois Beats Bradley 81-55

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John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — John Ekey scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Sunday as Illinois cruised to an easy 81-55 victory over previously unbeaten Bradley.

The 6-foot-7 Ekey hit five 3-pointers on seven attempts for Illinois (4-0). Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points and Tracy Abrams added 12.

Tyshon Pickett had a game-high 21 points for Bradley (4-1). Walt Lemon Jr., the Braves’ leading scorer with 18.3 points per game coming into Sunday’s game, added 12 points.

Illinois out-rebounded Bradley 49-25.

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