A three-headed monster in Smithfield. Pride & Kiss are scoring machines as Bryant continues to roll.
Don't look now but the Bryant Bulldogs have won nine straight after a 99-86 victory over Sacred Heart on Thursday night. The main headline from the win is the whopping 71 points combined from Peter Kiss and Charles Pride.
The duo has been lights out this season, ramping up for the potential of taking Bryant to the tournament for this first time in DI history. Last week, Charles Pride was electric. He dropped 76 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in two games. Averaging 38.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg, Pride earned the NEC Player of the Week honor while also earning the Lou Henson Mid-Major National Player of the Week honor. 76 points was the most for an NEC player in a two-game span in 25 years.
Kiss, who was the Lou Henson Mid-Major National Player of the Week right before Pride, returned to the lineup being one of the best scorers in the entire country. Kiss now has five 30 point games this season.
We can't forget about Hall Elisias, who is out with injury at the moment, but has been a key member of the Bulldogs success. The Block Father is collecting over 3 per game and is one of the best big's in the NEC. A healthy Hall will be promising for Bryant in the coming weeks.
The team is built for a deep run with Head Coach Jared Grasso at the helm. Adham Eleeda is the top three-point shooter for the Bulldogs, connecting on three per game. Luis Hurtado paces the team with 3.8 assists per game.
Their successes is being overshadowed by NEC rival, Wagner, who is riding the longest win streak in all of college hoops at 14. They are one game ahead of Bryant, but the team’s second-leading scorer, Elijah Ford, is now out for the season after suffering a knee injury. They seem to be the two teams that will face off in the NEC championship, but all eyes are on their season ending matchup on February 26th.