Bryant Edges Hartford 78-73 for 1st Win of Season

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team

Bryant edges Hartford
The Bryant University men’s basketball team earned their first win of the season on Friday afternoon, beating the University of Hartford 78-73 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Bryant was led by sophomore Sebastian Townes, who poured in a career-high 19 points, while Ikenna Ndugba added a double-double.

"We didn't turn the ball over and had poise down the stretch. The hardest thing to do in college basketball is to win on the road. We start a freshman and three sophomores. Today was a big day for us to finish out a game against a quality opponent,” said Bryant head coach Tim O’Shea after the game.

Bryant improves to 1-4 on the season, while Hartford falls to 3-3.

Bryant Holds Off Hartford

Bryant led by nine, 42-33, at the half before Hartford cut the lead to four, 54-50, with 12:37 left to go.

The Bulldogs would respond with a 12-2 run to take a commanding 69-52 lead with under ten minutes to play.

Hartford would again cut into the lead, this time getting to within three, 73-70, with 2:54 to play following a three by Hartford’s J.R. Lynch.

After three Bryant free throws, Hartford responded with another three to make it 76-73 Bulldogs with 20 seconds remaining.

Bryant closed out the win with a pair of free throws for the 78-73 win.

Next up

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, November 26 when they host in-state rival Brown at the Chace Athletic Center.

Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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