SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior Adam Grant (Franklin, Va.) scored a game-high 28 points to help lift the Bryant University men's basketball team out of a 13-point hole, but Fairleigh Dickinson stymied the Bulldog offense in the closing minutes of a 77-73 Knights victory Saturday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center.
Fairleigh Dickinson 77, Bryant 73
Records: Bryant (9-6, 1-1 NEC), Fairleigh Dickinson (3-10, 1-1 NEC)
Location: Chace Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)
COACH GRASSO'S COMMENTS
"Credit to FDU - they are a championship team and their veterans made championship plays down the stretch. It's a long season - we'll get back in the gym tomorrow and get back to work."
- Fairleigh Dickinson used runs of 14-3 and 12-2 to build a 13-point advantage late in the first half.
- Bryant battled back and led by as many as seven with 11 minutes remaining.
- An 8-0 Knights run gave FDU a 68-66 advantage as the Knights held the Bulldogs to seven points in the final 9:48 of the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A quick 11-5 start for Bryant capped off by an offensive rebound and layup from redshirt-junior Ikenna Ndugba (Boston, Mass.) prompted a Knights timeout 3:15 into the contest.
- FDU went on a 14-3 run to take a 23-17 advantage with 11:55 to go before halftime.
- The Knights pushed their lead to 42-29 before an 11-2 Bryant run to close the half got the Bulldogs back within four at 44-40.
- The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-4 stretch to tie the game on the first collegiate points for freshman Nathaniel Stokes (Tacoma, Wash.), knotting the game at 50 with 14:27 to play.
- Bryant would extend the lead to 62-55 on threes from freshman Benson Lin (New Taipei City, Taiwan) and Grant, leading to a Knights timeout with 11:10 remaining.
- FDU made a three-pointer to re-tie the game with 5:20 remaining, evening the score at 66 and took the lead on a jumper with 4:37 to play.
- With the game tied at 68, Fairleigh Dickinson scored the next points and held off Bryant in the final minute.
- Grant went 9-for-17 from the field and 7-of-14 from three. The senior is 18-for-39 (46.2%) from beyond the arc over his last three games.
- Freshman Charles Pride (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored 13 points for his sixth game this season in double figures.
- Ndugba and Lin scored nine points each. Ndugba added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
- Sophomore Patrick Harding (Fairfield, Conn.) hauled in nine rebounds.
- The Bulldogs recorded a season-high 17 assists on their 25 made field goals.
- Bryant was 14-for-45 from beyond the arc. The 14 made threes ranked tied for third in a game in Bryant's Division I era, while the 45 attempts were an all-time program record, surpassing the 42 in an overtime contest against Monmouth in 2011.
- The Bulldogs were held to a season-low 36.2% shooting.
- Grant had his 10th game this season of 20 or more points and 33rd of his career. The senior scored in double figures for the 79th time in his collegiate career.
- Grant moved within 79 points of Dyami Starks for second on Bryant's Division I scoring list and surpassed 1,600 career points.
- Harding moved past 300 career rebounds and within 13 of the top 10 in Division I program history.
- Senior Juan Cardenas (Apartado, Colombia) recorded a block to become the fifth player in Bryant's Division I history with 50 in his career.
- The Bulldogs drop to 5-2 this year at home and 13-8 (.619) under Coach Grasso.
- Bryant drops to 8-12 all-time vs. Fairleigh Dickinson.
Bryant closes out a three-game homestand when the Bulldogs host Mount St. Mary's next Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking HERE and the game can be seen on NEC Front Row with Jon Wallach and Frankie Dobbs on the call.