Bryant Can’t Overcome First Half Slump Against UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell rode a strong first half performance to an 98-77 victory over the Bryant University men’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon at the Costello Athletic Center.
The loss snaps Bryant’s three-game winning streak and sets them at 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the America East. Bryant will face Binghamton on Saturday.
Charles Pride was one of Bryant’s lone bright spots, finishing with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. He was 4-of-6 from three, 7-of-8 from the line and added seven rebounds. Sherif Gross-Bullock posted 11 points, while Kvonn Cramer finished with nine off the bench.
UMass Lowell dominated on the glass (47-26 in rebounds) and in the paint (50-36), building a 57-31 halftime lead. The River Hawks are now 11-0 at home this season.
UMass Lowell 96, Bryant 74
Records: Bryant 13-7, 4-3 AE | UML 17-4, 5-2 AE
Location: Costello Athletic Center (Lowell, Mass.)
UMass Lowell went on a 16-2 run in the first half to break the game open.
How it Happened
UML got off to an 11-3 lead but five-straight points from Gross-Bullock pulled the Bulldogs within three. Gross-Bullock scored all eight of Bryant’s points to start.
Pride then converted a four-point play to pull Bryant within one at 14:49.
The River Hawks, however, would go on a 16-2 run over the next 3:58 to take a 31-16 lead with 10:36 left in the first half. UML went 6-of-10 during the stretch, while the Bulldogs were 1-of-6 from the field.
UML built the lead thanks a 14-3 rebounding advantage in the first 10 minutes.
Pride stopped the run briefly, converting all three free throws after he was fouled from beyond the arc.
The River Hawks would build a 35-19 advantage with 7:39 left in the first half.
Bryant would pull within 11 7:04 left but the River Hawks closed the half on a 22-7 run to take a 57-31 advantage to the locker room.
UML held a 29-10 rebounding edge, including 13 offensive boards, in the first half and outscored Bryant 34-8 in the paint.
The River Hawks were able to keep the advantage at 25+ through the second half.
Bryant finished 25-of-54 (46.3 percent) from the field, 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from three and 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) from the line.
The River Hawks dominated on the glass, 47-26.
UML also owend a 50-36 lead in the paint and a 19-6 advantage on second chance points.
Gross-Bullock finished with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. He was 2-of-4 from three and 3-of-4 from the line.
Cramer collected nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Pride finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He was 4-of-6 from three and 7-of-8 from the line. Pride added seven rebounds.
Timberlake tied for the Bryant lead with seven rebounds.
Doug Edert finished with seven points, going 7-of-8 from the line.
Miles Latimer also added seven points, going 3-of-5 from the field.
Bryant and UMass Lowell were meeting for the 37th time in program history but for just the first time as Division I foes. The two programs were rivals at the DII level in the NE-10.
Bryant still owns a 19-18 lead in the all-time series.
Pride now has 1,413 points and 695 rebounds in his career.
Pride has now scored in double-figures in 70 times in his career.
Pride has six 20-point games this season and 21 in his career.
Pride has now made 64-of-73 (.877) from the line this year, the best in the America East.
Pride has now made 19-of-33 (.576) from three over his last five games.
Gross-Bullock finished in double-figures for the 18th time this year and the 40th time in his career.
The Bulldogs will have a week off before taking the court at Binghamton on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tip is set for 2:00 p.m.