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Bryant to face URI as part of Sunshine Slam

Steve Simoneau Photo
Steve Simoneau Photo

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's basketball team will face the University of Rhode Island for the second time in three years as part of the Sunshine Slam this November.

Bryant and URI will meet on Nov. 12 in Kingston in a regional contest prior to the championship rounds portion the following weekend at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Bulldogs will face Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 20 in the first round. Bryant will face either Air Force or Holy Cross on Nov. 21.

Bryant opened the 2018-19 season at URI, falling 97-63. It was the first meeting between the two programs at the Division I level.

The Black and Gold are coming off a historic season in 2020-21, one in which they won 15 games hosted the Northeast Conference Championship for the first time in program history. Bryant also earned its second postseason invitation at the DI level, facing Coastal Carolina in the College Basketball Invitational in Daytona Beach.

About the Gazelle Group
The Sunshine Slam is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper, the Gotham Classic, the Holiday Face-Off, and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit

About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Sunshine Slam. Entering its 41st season, the NEC is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at or follow on Twitter @NECsports.