Bryant Blows 15 Point Lead, Loses 62-59 at St. Francis
Friday, February 28, 2014
After building a 34-19 lead with 2:35 to play in the first half, it looked like the Bryant Bulldogs were going to leave St. Francis (NY) in the dust Thursday night. Not to be denied, the Terriers stormed back to earn a 62-59 win on their home floor in Brooklyn.
Amdy Fall scored a game-high 21 points for St. Francis, finishing with 10 blocked shots and 9 rebounds in a near triple-double performance. Brent Jones chipped in 14 points for the Terriers, who outrebounded Bryant 38-29 to overcome a shoddy shooting performance Thursday night.
St. Francis shot 43% from the floor, 21% from 3 point range, and an abysmal 36% from the free throw line Thursday. Bryant was better- shooting 44% from the floor, 36% from 3, and 75% from the line.
Dyami Starks scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs, and Corey Maynard supplied 12 points of his own in a losing effort. It was a game of runs, and the run St. Francis made to erase the 15 point lead was the run that decided the game.
Fall slammed home a dunk with 13:43 to go to tie the score at 40. Over a span of 8:52 the Terriers managed a 21-6 run to erase the deficit, although they never regained the lead until the final minute.
Another dunk by Fall tied the score at 59 with 36 seconds left, and the ensuing free throw off the And-1 was good to put the Terriers on top. Bryant couldn’t buy a bucket despite getting several good looks at the basket, and free throws from Jones and Jalen Cannon provided the final points for the Terriers in the 3 point win.
The loss continues a stumble to the finish for Bryant, losers of 4 of their last 5. While the loss may have stung because the game appeared in hand in the first half, it likely won’t be of much consequence in terms of Bryant’s postseason hopes.
The Bulldogs are 9-6 in the Northeast Conference and all but locked into the #3 seed for the Conference Tournament. They close out the season Saturday at LIU Brooklyn.