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Pickett scores 23 points in Bradley debut as Braves defeat Eastern Illinois 76-53

Tyshon Pickett had 23 points and eight rebounds and Will Egolf and Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 11 each as Bradley defeated Eastern Illinois 76-53 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Pickett, a junior-college transfer making his debut for the Braves, shot 9 of 12 from the floor.

Morris Woods scored 14 points and Alex Austin 13 for the Panthers.

Egolf, a sixth-year senior who missed all of 2011-12 with a knee injury, added three rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.

Bradley shot 57.7 percent (15 of 26) in the first half en route to a 38-22 lead at intermission. A 20-3 run gave the Braves control.