Anosike scores 18 points sending Sacred Heart past Bryant

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — E.J. Anosike led five Sacred Heart players in double figures with 18 points and the Pioneers beat Bryant 83-76 on Sunday.

Anosike shot 7 of 9 and collared nine rebounds. Tyler Thomas scored 16 off the bench, Koreem Ozier 14, Kinnon LaRose 13 and Aaron Clarke 12. Sacred Heart (17-12, 10-6 Northeast Conference) shot 30 of 61 (49.2%).

Adam Grant led Bryant (14-15, 6-10) with 24 points, Juan Cardenas scored 14, Michael Green III 13 and Charles Pride 10 with 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs had a 41-36 rebounding advantage.

The Pioneers led 25-20 before scoring 24 in the final seven minutes of the first half and led 49-37 at halftime. Grant’s 3-pointer with 12:52 remaining brought the Bulldogs within 58-55. Later, the Pioneers used a 12-5 run to create safe space for an 82-69 lead with 71 seconds to go.