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Four in double figures, but Bulldogs fall to Long Island

Max Slomiak/Bryant Athletics
Max Slomiak/Bryant Athletics

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior Juan Cardenas (Apartado, Colombia) scored 15 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures, but the Bryant University men's basketball team was knocked off by Long Island, 74-60, Saturday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center.

Redshirt-junior Ikenna Ndugba (Boston, Mass.) and freshman Benson Lin (New Taipei City, Taiwan) and Charles Pride (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 10 points each for Bryant.

GAME INFORMATION
Long Island 74, Bryant 60
Records: Bryant (9-9, 1-4 NEC), Long Island (9-9, 4-1 NEC)
Location: Chace Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)

KEY MOMENTS

  • Bryant trailed 10-1 early but regained the lead with 12 minutes to play in the opening half.
  • LIU used a 21-4 run that spanned both halves to build a 14-point advantage midway through the second half. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • LIU jumped out to a 10-1 advantage, but Bryant responded with a 16-5 run to lead 17-15 with 12 minutes remaining in the half.
  • The Sharks closed the half on a 9-0 run to lead the Bulldogs 37-31 at the break.
  • Bryant made one of its first 14 field goals in the second half as LIU opened up a 49-35 advantage with 9:32 remaining.
  • The Bulldogs would get back within four with 3:22 to play, but Bryant could not pull even in the closing minutes.

STATS

  • Cardenas was 5-of-10 from the floor and added five rebounds.
  • Ndugba tallied 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
  • Pride added four steals, three rebounds and two assists to his points.
  • Pride and Cardenas each collected a block.
  • Bryant shot 29% for the game and 20% from three. LIU was 43.1% overall and 22.2% from beyond the arc.
  • The Bulldogs were 17-of-23 (73.9%) from the free-throw line, while the Sharks were 26-for-34 (76.5%).
  • Both teams committed 19 turnovers.
  • The Sharks outrebounded the Bulldogs, 41-35.

GAME NOTES

  • Cardenas averaged 20.5 points per game in the Bulldogs' two contests this week.
  • Grant moved within 49 points of Dyami Starks for second on Bryant's Division I scoring list.
  • Bryant drops to 6-15 all-time against Long Island.

UP NEXT
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