Kvonn Cramer Triumphant in Return from Health Scare, Bryant Beats NJIT
Sherif Gross-Bullock poured in a game-high 26 points and Kvonn Cramer made an electrifying return to the court as the Bryant University men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to three games on Thursday, topping NJIT 87-75 at the Chace Athletic Center.
The Black and Gold improved ot 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the America East with their third-straight league victory. Bryant also improved to 7-2 at the Chace this season.
Gross-Bullock posted his second-straight 20-point game, finishing with 26 on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a 10-of-11 showing from the line. Earl Timberlake added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Charles Pride had 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Cramer posted a pair of thunderous dunks in his first action since December 2.
Bryant 87, NJIT 75
Records: Bryant 13-6, 4-2 AE | NJIT 5-13, 2-3 AE
Location: Chace Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)
Gross-Bullock scored seven-straight points to highlight a 12-0 run that put Bryant ahead by 10 points late in the first half.
How it Happened
Gross-Bullock got the scoring started with a nifty take to the rack.
Timberlake and Pride then took over, combining for eight of Bryant’s first 12 points.
Timberlake finished a pair of spin moves in the lane, while Pride cashed in underneath the hoop.
The Chace came to a standing ovation at the 14 minute mark as Kvonn Cramer entered for the first time after missing seven weeks.
Brelsford gave the Black and Gold an offensive jolt with a reverse layup and three from the top.
Cramer thrilled the crowd in his return, throwing down a ferocious two-handed slam on a lob from Doug Edert, tying the score at 20-20.
The Highlanders, however, would take a 27-24 lead into the under-8 media on a three from Adam Hess.
Bryant turned it on late, however, using a 12-0 run to take the lead. Gross-Bullock canned two free throws, hit a triple from the wing and then slammed one along the baseline for the first seven points. Brelsford capped the run with a three in transition to make it 43-33 with 45 seconds left.
Bryant would take a 43-35 lead to the break.
Latimer pushed Bryant’s lead to 12 early in the second half as he pulled up from the top in transition.
The Bulldogs would lead by 13 following a Timberlake layup at the 14:14 mark.
Bryant extended its lead with a thrilling stretch that forced an NJIT timeout. Cramer started it with an emphatic block at one end and then threw down a thunderous left-handed slam at the other. Pride followed with a three from the wing to make it an 18-point game, 63-45, with 12:27 left.
The Highlanders would pull within nine before Gross-Bullock drilled a three from the top with 4:34 to play. NJIT then made it 78-71 with 2:59 to go but Bryant would score the next seven to end any chances of a comeback.
Gross-Bullock posted five of those points, putting an exclamation point on the night with a one-handed slam.
Bryant finished 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field, 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) from three and 16-of-18 (88.9 percent) from the line.
The Bulldogs held a 33-29 advantage on the glass.
Gross-Bullock posted 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He was 2-of-4 from three and 10-of-11 from the line. He added three assists.
Timberlake finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He had eight rebounds.
Pride collected 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Latimer chipped in nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from three. He had four boards.
Cramer finished with five points, three rebounds and three blocks.
Bryant and NJIT were meeting for the fifth time overall and for the third time at the DI level.
Bryant owns a 2-1 lead in the DI series.
Bryant is 7-2 at home this season and 31-4 at home since the start of the 2020-21 season.
Pride now has 1,386 points and 688 rebounds in his career.
Pride has now scored in double-figures in 69 times in his career.
Gross-Bullock finished in double-figures for the 17th time this year and the 39th time in his career.
Gross-Bullock made 8+ free throws for the third time this season. He has made a league-leading 77 free throws this season.
Gross-Bullock posted his seventh 20-point game of the season and the 10th of his career.
Timberlake scored in double-figures for the 14th time this season and the 20th time in his career.
Cramer was playing for the first time since Dec. 2 against Brown. He had missed the last 10 games.
The Bulldogs travel to UMass Lowell on Sunday afternoon to face the RiverHawks. Tip is set for 1:00 p.m.