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Bradford leads CMU to come-from-behind victory

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Crystal Bradford connected on five second-half three-pointers, including the final one, which gave the Chippewas (3-4) the lead for good, as they avenged an early loss to Green Bay (5-2), topping the Phoenix, 54-50 in Mt. Pleasant.

Bradford came off the bench to score 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.  Brandie Baker chipped in with 12 points and 9 boards.

The Phoenix started the game on an 8-0 run, and led by as much as 13 points in the first half.  Green Bay was paced by Adrian Ritchie, who scored 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.

After trailing the Phoenix by eight at the half, CMU turned the game around early in the second half, using a 21-5 scoring run to take an 8-point lead.  Green Bay would regain the lead, and set up a back-and-forth final few minutes.

CMU shot 60% (6-of-10) from beyond the arc in the second half, after missing all 11 three-point field goal attempts in the first half.  The Chippewas also held the Phoenix to just 8% (1-of-12) shooting from beyond the arc in the second half.

Wednesday's game was CMU's annual "Hoops For Hunger" benefit game, as thousands of area school children packed McGuirk Arena.  It was also the second in a home-and-home series between the Phoenix and the Chippewas.  Green Bay beat Central Michigan, 75-48 on Nov. 17th.

CMU has the next 12 days off for exams before taking on Robert Morris at home on December 17th.