Bryant defeats Detroit Mercy Monday, ending his Florida trip * Florida

Bryant University press release

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Bryant University men’s basketball team hit 16 three-pointers, including seven by Doug Edert, in the final game of the Paradise Invitational at Florida Atlantic University Monday afternoon en route to a 98-88 win over Detroit Mercy.

Bryant’s 16 three-pointers stayed just one point short of his program record against a Division I opponent, while his 25 assists were the most in a game in DI program history. The Bulldogs ended their three-game trip to Florida with a 2-1 record.

Edert accelerated the Bryant offense with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. Earl Timberlake added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Antwan Walker hit a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Sherif Gross-Bullock (16 pts, 8 assists) and Charles Pride (13 pts) also ended up in double digits.

Game InformationBryant 98, Detroit Mercy 88Records: Bryant 4-1 | Detroit Mercy 2-3Location: FAU Arena (Boca Raton, Florida)Participation: 150

key moments

  • Shortly after Detroit Mercy eliminated an 11-point lead from Bryant, Edert fed Timberlake deep and Timberlake was able to end the damage for a-and-1. Bryant never chased him again.

How it happened

  • The first half featured an impressive performance from Bryant and Detroit Mercy. The Bulldogs went 12-of-19 from three while the Titans went 12-of-16.
  • Gross-Bullock opened the scorer with a wing three.
  • The teams then began trading three-pointers, as nine-hoops in a row were three-pointers.
  • Detroit took a 19-12 lead after a four-point game by Jayden Stone.
  • Bryant leveled the game when Edert landed two technical free throws and then pocketed a corner three.
  • Four consecutive three-pointers resulted in a 29-29 tie before Walker gave Bryant a 31-29 with a layup at the 9:50 mark.
  • Trifectas of Gross-Bullock and Edert extended the lead to six and Gross-Bullock gave Bryant his widest lead of nine with 3:41 to go.
  • The Titans were able to hit two free throws late in the half to make it a one-point game.
  • A pair of threes from Edert and Pride set the Bulldogs off, while an alley-oop transition from Gross-Bullock to Timberlake gave Bryant a 68-59 lead at 3:30 of the second half.
  • Edert then hit a catch-and-shoot three from the wing to put the Bulldogs 76-64 ahead with 12:41 to go.
  • A pair of free throws by Pride made it 82-71 with 8:25 left, but the Titans reeled off a 13-2 run and leveled the game 84-84 after a putback by Damezi Anderson with 4:59 left.
  • On Bryant’s next possession, Edert came up with a jump stop in lane and fed Timberlake under and he was able to put it home while being fouled. Timberlake saved the free throw and Bryant led 87-84.
  • A wild sequence ensued as the Bulldogs flipped the Titans in midcourt. Kvonn Cramer dived on the loose ball, fired it forward and finally Miles Latimer finished the transition to make it a five-point game.
  • Timberlake hit all four free throws on stretch and Walker added five points on stretch to finish it.

statistics

  • Bryant finished 33 of 64 (51.6 percent) from the field, 16 of 31 (51.6 percent) from three, and 16 of 21 (76.2 percent) from the line.
  • The Bulldogs had a 39-26 advantage in rebounds.
  • Bryant also had a 32-22 point lead in the paint and a 23-6 lead in second chance points thanks to 18 offensive rebounds.
  • Bryant finished the game with 25 assists and just nine turnovers.
  • Edert led the Bulldogs with 23 points in 7-of-11 shooting from three points. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
  • Timberlake finished his career with 19 points in 7-of-9 shooting. He added six rebounds and five assists.
  • Walker hit his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He was 5 out of 10 out of the field.
  • Gross-Bullock had 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
  • Pride scored 13 points and hit 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.

game notes

  • Bryant and Detroit Mercy met for the first time in program history.
  • Bryant’s 25 assists are the most in a game in DI program history.
  • Bryant’s 16 three-pointers is the second-highest in a single game against a DI opponent in program history (17 at Monmouth).
  • Edert’s 23 points is a season high, while his seven three points are a career high.
  • Stolz finished in double digits for the 58thth time in his 88-game career.
  • Pride now has 1,191 points and 609 rebounds in his career. He also now has 193 career assists.
  • Walker scored in double digits for the third straight game and fourth time this season.
  • Walker’s double-double was the first of the year and the sixth of his career.
  • Walker averaged 14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg and shot 56 percent from the field in three games this weekend.
  • Timberlake hit his career high with 19 points. He finished the three game Florida trip averaging 15.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 4.3 apg.
  • Gross-Bullock has scored double digits in all five games, averaging 18.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 5.2 apg.

NextThe Bulldogs travel to Syracuse, NY on Saturday, November 26th to take on the Orange. Tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the JMA Wireless Dome.

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