Kiss Scores 35 Points, Bryant Takes Care of St. Francis Brooklyn Thursday

Bryant University Press Release

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Led by 35 points from Peter Kiss the Bryant University men’s basketball team defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 86-69 on Thursday night at Michael Lynch ’38 Gymnasium.

The win, coupled with Fairleigh Dickinson’s victory over Wagner, sets up a winner-take-all game on Saturday for the Northeast Conference Regular-Season title. Bryant and Wagner will enter the regular-season finale with identical 15-2 league records and the winner will claim the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament.

On Thursday, Kiss posted his sixth-straight 30-point effort and his 10th-straight game with 25+ points to lead a potent offense. He was 12-of-22 from the field, 4-of-8 from three and 7-of-8 from the line. Kiss added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Adham Eleeda and Charles Pride each added 15, with Eleeda making 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Game InformationBryant 86, St. Francis Brooklyn 69Records: Bryant 18-9, 15-2 NEC | St. Francis Brooklyn 10-18, 7-10 NECLocation: Michael Lynch ’38 Gymnasium (Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.)Attendance: 368

Key Moments

  • Bryant opened the game with a 15-0 run sparked by a three from Kiss and a pair of threes from Eleeda.

How it Happened

  • Bryant raced ahead on Thursday night, scoring the games first 15 points and eventually grabbing a 24-5 lead.
  • Kiss and Eleeda hit back-to-back threes early and Eleeda swished a second three to make it 15-0.
  • Kiss then scored seven-straight points, hitting a 35-foot three to make it 22-5 with 15:03 left.
  • Pride and Kiss then traded step-back threes to push the lead to 32-13.
  • Kiss would reach the 20-point mark with 8:42 to go in the half, hitting a step-back three to make it 37-20.
  • SFC would pull within 39-30 but the Bulldogs scored 10 of the next 12 to regain a sold advantage. Bryant all four of its field goals, with Eleeda hitting a pair of threes.
  • Bryant would lead 50-36 at the break.
  • Eleeda’s fifth triple of the night made it 61-45 with 14:48 in the second half.
  • Perfect ball movement to break the press led to a Pride three from the left wing to make it 66-49.
  • Kiss reached the 30-point plateau for the sixth-straight game with a driving layup at the 9:15 mark of the second half.
  • Mike Iuzzolino capped Bryant’s scoring with his second-straight game with a three-pointer.

Stats

  • Bryant finished the game 30-of-60 (50 percent) from the field, 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from three and 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the line.
  • Bryant outrebounded SFC, 37-32.
  • Kiss led all scorers with 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field. He added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Eleeda hit 5-of-10 from three to finish with 15 points. He added five rebounds.
  • Pride scored 15 points and had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Luis Hurtado Jr. finished with eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Greg Calixte chipped in six points and seven boards.

Game Notes

  • Bryant improved to 12-13 all-time against St. Francis Brooklyn and won for third time in four trips to Brooklyn Heights. Bryant started 0-9 in Brooklyn.
  • Bryant’s 18 overall wins are tied for the second-most in DI program history. The 15 league wins are also the most by the Bulldogs in program history.
  • The Bulldogs made 12+ three-pointers for the second-straight game.
  • Kiss recorded his sixth-straight 30-point game and the ninth 30-point outing of the year, the most by a Bulldog in DI program history. The 9 30-point games are also the most in the NCAA.
  • Kiss posted his 41st double-figure scoring game in 44 outings as a Bulldog.
  • Kiss has scored 20+ points 15 times this year and has 20+ points in 12 of his 14 NEC games. He has scored 20+ points in 19 of his 28 NEC regular-season games.
  • Kiss has also scored 25+ points in 12 of his last 13 games, including each of his last 10. The nine-game streak of 25+ points is the second-longest in the country over the last 10 years (Trae Young – 14).
  • Kiss leads the nation in scoring with 25.2 points per game. Kiss is averaging 28.6 ppg in NEC play.
  • Kiss now has 555 points this season, the fifth-most in a single season in DI program history.
  • Pride scored in double figures for the 15th time in 16 league games and now has 224 rebounds, the sixth-most in a single season in DI program history.
  • Hurtado Jr. has 104 assists this season, the ninth-most in a single season in DI program history.
  • Eleeda hit five threes and now has 85 on the year. The 85 3PFG are the sixth-most in a single season in DI program history.
  • Kiss and Pride continue to be the nation’s highest-scoring duo, averaging 42.9 points per game.

Up NextBryant hosts Wager on Saturday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center with the NEC Regular-Season title on the line. The Bulldogs will also honor its senior class prior to the 4:00 p.m. tip.

 

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