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Bryant returns to Smithfield Wednesday to host Yale

Bryant Athletics/Kelsi-Mariah Oresman
Bryant Athletics/Kelsi-Mariah Oresman

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Bryant University men's basketball team begins a stretch of four of its next five games at the Chace Athletic Center when Bryant hosts Yale in a battle of Bulldogs Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs will be taking part in Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer at Wednesday's game, supporting Go4TheGoal in the fight against pediatric cancer. For more details, visit Go4TheGoal.org.

The Dawg Pound Lounge will be open for Bryant students in the Chace Athletic Center lobby one hour before game time, with pizza from Wise Guys for Bryant students in Black and Gold.

The Particulars
Opponent:
Yale
Location:
Chace Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)
Date and Time: Wednesday, Nov. 28 – 7 p.m.
Tickets: Wednesday | Season Tickets
TV: NEC Front Row (Jon Wallach, Chris Burns)
Radio: WOON AM 1240 & 99.3 FM (Jon Wallach, Chris Burns)
Live Stats:
Sidearm Stats
Game Notes:
Bryant | Yale
Social Media:
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SCOUTING THE YALE BULLDOGS
Yale is 1-2 on the year with a 17-point victory over California in China, a double-overtime loss at Memphis and a defeat at the hands of Vermont in Burlington. Yale will not play its first home game until December 5. 

Miye Oni leads Yale with 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Three other Bulldogs are averaging 12 points per game or better, including Azar Swain, who has made 10 three-pointers in his first three games and ranks in the top 25 nationally in KenPom's effective field goal percentage. Yale is averaging 82.7 points per game and allowing 82.3.

THE SERIES
Bryant and Yale are meeting for the 11th consecutive year since the Bulldogs moved to Division I in 2008-09. Yale holds a 7-3 advantage in the series after an 84-67 victory in New Haven last season. Bosko Kostur (24), Adam Grant (20) and Ikenna Ndugba (20) combined for 64 of Bryant's 67 in the game. 

LAST TIME OUT: BROWN 84, BRYANT 60
Junior Adam Grant (Franklin, Va.) tallied 20 points and redshirt-senior Byron Hawkins (Fort Washington, Md.) grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go along with 12 points in a Sunday night contest at Brown. 

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Bryant ranks 42nd in the nation in turnovers per game at 11.2, an improvement of 277 spots nationally from the Monday following Thanksgiving a year ago, when the Bulldogs were 321st at 17.0 per game. 

PRESSING THE BLOCK BUTTON
The Bulldogs tallied six blocks in Sunday's game at Brown - Bryant's most since the Black & Gold tallied nine against Saint Francis U Feb. 18, 2017. Redshirt-sophomore Brandon Carroll (Bronx, N.Y.) notched a career-high three rejections against the Bears. 

ACTING AG
After a quiet first week of the season, junior Adam Grant has been back to his scoring ways in the last three games, recording scoring outputs of 18, 21 and 20 against Saint Peter's, Navy and Brown. Grant enters Wednesday 74 points away from 1,000. 

FRESHMAN GLASS
Freshman Patrick Harding (Fairfield, Conn.) leads all NEC rookies with 7.0 rebounds per game this season. Harding has grabbed eight or more boards in three of five contests this season. 

KAS RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME
Freshman Joe Kasperzyk (New Haven, Conn.) leads all NEC freshmen in free throws made (24) and free-throw attempts (29). Kasperzyk is one of four freshmen nationally to make 12 or more free throws in a game this year, as the New Haven native went 12-for-13 at the line against Navy. 

UP NEXT: NEW HAMPSHIRE
Bryant stays home to host New Hampshire Saturday at the Chace Athletic Center. The 1 p.m. tip can be seen on NEC Front Row and heard on WOON AM 1240 & 99.3 FM. 

Season and single-game tickets for home games at the Chace Athletic Center are available by clicking HERE or calling (401) 319-TIXX. Bryant's next home game is Saturday, Dec. 1, when the Bulldogs host New Hampshire at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game between Bryant and New Hampshire can be purchased HERE.

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