Bryant (0-1) vs. Kent State (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 13th, 3:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Bryant 0-0, Kent State 0-0. Away Record: Bryant 0-1, Kent State 0-0. Neutral Record: Bryant 0-0, Kent State 1-0. Conference Record: Bryant 0-0, Kent State 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The World Vision Basketball Classic moves along this afternoon in Cleveland, as the Bryant Bulldogs lock up with the Kent State Golden Flashes at the Wolstein Center.
The Bulldogs, a team that won a grand total of one game all of last season, put up a decent fight against Cleveland State on Friday, but in the end the visitors were still sent to the loss column with a 71-57 setback. The defeat was the fourth straight dating back to last season for Bryant, a team which defeated Wagner by a mere two points (53-51) on February 28th for its lone victory of 2009-10.
As for the Golden Flashes, they trailed by as many as six points with just over two minutes to play against Iona yesterday, but a free-throw by Justin Greene with 1.9 seconds remaining put the squad over the top in a narrow 73-72 final.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Despite playing in his first college game, Alex Francis still impressed the Bryant faithful on Friday as he stepped up and recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the setback versus Cleveland State. Francis knocked down 7-of-10 shots from the floor as he offset five turnovers. Also scoring in double figures for the visitors were Frankie Dobbs and Cecil Gresham who both tallied 15 points, the latter knocking down an impressive 4- of-8 behind the three-point line. While it wouldn't have made enough of a difference in the final decision, Bryant's 6-of-12 effort at the free-throw line certainly has to be a concern, as was the team's 19 turnovers. Dobbs, who logged a team-high eight assists, was also charged with eight miscues in the meeting.
Trailing by six late in the game, Kent State needed a three-pointer by Carlton Guyton to knot the score at 72-72 with less than a minute remaining and Greene to knock down the first of his two free throws to secure the victory with under two seconds left on the clock versus Iona. Greene finished the outing with a huge double-double consisting of 26 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were game highs. Hitting all three of his three-point tries, Rodriguez Sherman contributed another 20 points and handed out five assists, while fellow guard Guyton was responsible for 14 points and six dishes. A bit sloppy at times, the Golden Flashes turned the ball over 21 times and shot just 13- of-23 at the free-throw line in the close call.
Even though Kent State went down to the wire on Friday, don't expect to see the Bulldogs give the Golden Flashes as much of a fight today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 77, Bryant 60
11/13 10:35:01 ET