Burns Makes Good On Comeback (Post Tourney Notes)
December 30, 2004
SMITHFIELD, RI - After suffering a facial fracture in the season-opener vs. AIC on Nov. 23, sophomore Chris Burns made a strong return back to the court this past week at the Bryant Holiday Classic. Burns entered the NJIT game on Wednesday at the 12:35 mark of the first half. While he did not score in the game, Burns came back strong and was a catalyst in the team's 99-68 romp over previously undefeated Bloomfield on Thursday.
Burns came off the bench to score a season-best 13 points in 19 minutes. The transfer from Providence College and Merrimack, N.H. native, was 5-for-11 shooting from the floor - including 3-for-8 from three-point range.
Wearing a protective face mask, Burns picked up three assists plus two steals and helped hold the Bloomfield starting backcourt to just 12 points.
Bryant opened the game shooting 80.0 percent from the floor for much of the first half and made 42 field goals in the game. Eleven of thos field goals came from beyond the three-point arch as the Bulldogs were 11-for-26 from 3-point range while Bloomfield made just 1 of 16 from long range.