Grant, Ndugba help Bryant beat St Francis (Pa), 79-75 (Feb 18, 2017)

February 18, 2017

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) Adam Grant hit two late free throws and finished with 18 points, Ikenna Ndugba score all of his nine points in the final 4:43 and Bryant rallied for a 79-75 win over Saint Francis (Pa) on Saturday for its third win in a row.

Nisre Zouzoua, the Northeast Conference's leading scorer at 20.0 points per game, was just 3-of-13 shooting but made all of his 3-point shots, hit two foul shots to cap the scoring and had 13 points. Dan Garvin scored a season-high 12 and Ndugba added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Marcel Pettway's layup sparked an 8-1 run that gave Bryant (11-18, 8-8) a 70-68 lead with 3:44 to go. Ndugba scored five in the run, including a 3-point play during. After Keith Braxton's jumper tied about a minute later, Bosko Kostur hit a 3 and the Red Flash trailed the rest of the way. The Bulldogs hit 6 of 6 from the stripe in the last 18 seconds while Saint Francis missed six of its last eight shots and hit just 3 of 10 foul shots in the final seven minutes.

Braxton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Nebo had 13 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots for Saint Francis (12-15, 9-7).

Bryant is now one game back of the Red Flash, who is tied with Fairleigh Dickinson, for fifth in conference standings.

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