Dyami Starks scored 30 points and Alex Francis added 22 as the Bryant Bulldogs used a strong second half to pull away from the Vermont Catamounts and post an 87-64 win in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday. Bryant improves to 2-1 overall, while Vermont falls to 1-2 on the season.
"Tough game tonight," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "Give Bryant credit, they played a great game. We were not very good in any phase of the game today. I'm very disappointed with our effort. Nassir was a bright spot for us in the first half."
Bryant out scored Vermont 50-32 in the second half after holding just a five point advantage at the break. A basket by Clancy Rugg in the opening minutes of the second half brought UVM within four, 44-40, of the Bulldogs. Starks hit a 3-pointer on Bryant's next possession to spark a 24-8 run allowing Bryant to open up a 20-point advantage on the Catamounts. The Bulldogs maintained the double digit lead the rest of the way.
The opening minutes of the game featured a shootout between Starks and Luke Apfeld. Starks scored the first eight points for the Bulldogs, while Apfeld netted 12 of UVM's 16 points.
A jumper by Apfeld at the 15:41 mark gave UVM a one-point lead, but back-to-back baskets by Francis pushed Bryant ahead by three, 14-11, with 14:01 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs would not trail again in the contest.
Bryant extended its lead to nine at the 7:39 mark behind an 11-5 run, which included a 5-for-6 effort from the foul line. Naasir Williams provided a spark off the bench for the Catamounts, scoring eight points, and the Catamounts closed the half with a 7-2 spurt to cut the Bryant lead to five, 37-32, at the half.
Starks reached the 30-point mark for the third straight game and the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 55.8 percent in the contest. Joe O'Shea added 15 points to round out the leading scorers for Bryant.
Rugg was UVM's high-scorer for the third straight game, netting 13 points, and leading four Catamounts in double figures. Apfeld finished the night with 12 points, while Carissimo (12 points) and Williams (10 points) also reached double figures.
Vermont will remain in the Ocean State as the Catamounts face Providence on Monday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m
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