Monmouth (NJ) knocks off Bryant 81-76 in OT

Jesse Steele had 19 points and Monmouth (N.J.) rallied from an 11-point deficit to knock off Bryant 81-76 in overtime Saturday.

The Hawks (6-14, 2-6 Northeast Conference), who came in having lost nine of their last 10, ended a five-game skid and snapped the longest winning streak (four games) in the Bulldogs' NCAA Division I history.

With Bryant (6-14, 4-4) ahead 50-39 with 13:26 to go, Monmouth used a 30-13 run to lead 69-63 with 38.4 seconds left.

The Bulldogs' Raphael Jordan hit a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds to go to tie it at 72 and force overtime.

Steele's fifth 3-pointer put the Hawks ahead for good, 77-76, with 3:21 left and four free throws by Ed Waite sealed it.

Marcus Ware added a career-high 18 points for the Hawks.

Cecil Gresham had 26 points to lead the Bulldogs, who hit 10 of 18 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a school-record 17.