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Pitt upset by Bradley

| Sunday, March 19, 2006

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - They're partying in Peoria! Bradley is in the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 41 years.

Patrick O'Bryant dominated Aaron Gray in a matchup of 7-footers, getting 28 points and seven rebounds to lead 13th-seeded Bradley to a 72-66 victory over fifth-seeded Pittsburgh on Sunday in the second round of the Oakland Regional.

Marcellus Sommerville added 18 points for the Braves (22-10), who join fellow Missouri Valley Conference member Wichita State in the round of 16. They will play the winner of top-seeded Memphis and ninth-seeded Bucknell in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday.

Playing in their first NCAA tournament in 10 years, the Braves have looked like seasoned veterans with surprising wins over fourth-seeded Kansas and now the Panthers (25-8), becoming the first No. 13 seed in the regional semifinals since Oklahoma in 1999.

They didn't wait to make the six-hour trip back home to Illinois to start celebrating.

As the horn sounded, the Bradley players leaped over the scorer's table and joined thousands of red-clad Braves faithful in the stands.

O'Bryant, a sophomore from Blaine, Minn., led the way after rendering Pitt's 7-footer a non-factor on Sunday, getting Gray in early foul trouble with his quickness and then simply outplaying him in the second half.

After dominating the smaller Kent State in the first round with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Gray had to look eye-to-eye with O'Bryant in this one, and couldn't measure up, scoring 12 points.

Pittsburgh senior Carl Krauser scored 17 points to lead Pitt, which was playing in its school-record fifth straight NCAA tournament, but looked like nervous kids against the newcomers from Bradley.

Krauser said before the tourney started he was looking forward to a possible rematch with former Pitt coach Ben Howland and UCLA in the regional final.

But that will be for Bradley to dream about now.

There were only 24 teams in the tournament the last time Bradley advanced to the third round in 1955. They lost to Colorado that year, ending the school's bid for three title-game appearances in five years. Additional Information:

Bradley 72, Pittsburgh 66

BRADLEY (22-10)

Sommerville 5-14 7-8 18, O'Bryant 10-17 8-9 28, Bennett 1-7 0-2 2, Tauai 0-0 0-0 0, Ruffin 0-3 4-4 4, Franklin 1-4 1-2 4, Andrews 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 4-11 6-7 14, Adams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 26-32 72.

PITTSBURGH (25-8)

Kendall 2-2 1-2 5, Gray 5-11 2-2 12, Ramon 3-9 0-0 8, Krauser 6-13 4-4 17, Graves 0-8 0-0 0, DeGroat 0-0 0-0 0, Fields 6-10 3-3 18, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0, Young 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 25-61 10-11 66.

Halftime ?Bradley 30-29. 3-Point Goals ?Bradley 2-6 (Franklin 1-1, Sommerville 1-2, Ruffin 0-1, Bennett 0-2), Pittsburgh 6-20 (Fields 3-4, Ramon 2-4, Krauser 1-6, Young 0-2, Graves 0-4). Fouled Out ?None. Rebounds? Bradley 40 (Wright 9), Pittsburgh 38 (Kendall, Krauser 6). Assists ?Bradley 14 (Ruffin 4), Pittsburgh 11 (Krauser 5). Total Fouls ?Bradley 16, Pittsburgh 23. A ?NA.

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