HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Bryant University men's basketball team cut a 17-point deficit to one late in the second half but was unable to complete the comeback in a 97-84 loss Saturday at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Fairleigh Dickinson 97, Bryant 84
Records: Bryant (8-17, 5-9 NEC), Fairleigh Dickinson (13-13, 8-6 NEC)
Location: Rothman Center (Hackensack, N.J.)
- The Knights led by as many as 17 in the first half, building a 42-25 advantage.
- The Bulldogs cut the deficit to one with 7:17 remaining, but the Knights scored the next 10 points to extend their lead to 78-67.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Fairleigh Dickinson opened up a 19-7 lead over the first 5:01.
- The Knights pushed their advantage to 17 before four straight from Townes cut the deficit to 42-29 with 2:30 to play before the half.
- Bryant cut the FDU lead to 45-33 at the half. Grant had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Townes added 10.
- A pair of Grant three-pointers helped cut into the FDU lead early in the second half with the second bringing Bryant back within 53-46 with 16:17 to play.
- Bryant cut the Knights advantage to three twice, the second coming on a three from junior Juan Cardenas (Medellin, Colombia) to make it 68-65 going into the under-8 media timeout. Cardenas would add two free throws 43 seconds later to make it a one-point game.
- FDU would score the next 10 points to take a 78-67 lead with 3:39 remaining.
- Bryant trimmed the margin to seven on three occasions before FDU closed out the game at the free throw line.
- Grant scored 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting and 5-of-12 from beyond the arc.
- Townes' 23 points came 9-of-18 from the field and 2-for-5 from three.
- Cardenas chipped in 12 points – matching his career-high – and added a career-best nine rebounds.
- Freshman Joe Kasperzyk (New Haven, Conn.) added 14 points.
- Bryant shot 48.3 percent from the field, while Fairleigh Dickinson shot 57.9 percent.
- The Bulldogs outrebounded the Knights, 35-28, for Bryant's best rebounding margin of the season.
- Grant averaged 29.5 points per game in two contests this weekend, while Townes averaged 25.0.
- Bryant drops to 8-11 all-time against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Bryant returns home to host Wagner Thursday at the Chace Athletic Center. Tickets for the 7 p.m. tip are available by clicking HERE. The game will be televised nationwide on CBS Sports Network.
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