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SMITHFIELD R.I. - With Thursday's 93-68 win over Central Connecticut (2-6, 2-3 NEC) Bryant (8-2, 4-1) is now off to their best start since the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs were able to pick up right where they left off before the new year as they pummeled the Blue Devils this afternoon.
Early on in the contest, Bryant got out to a roaring 11-1 run thanks to the Bulldogs leading scorer Michael Green III who scored eight of the teams 11 points in less than four minutes into the game.
Bulldogs guard Peter Kiss made himself known on the defensive side of the floor as he was able to pick the Blue Devils pockets multiple times early in the half.
Bryant was able to extend their lead to 16-3 but Central Connecticut was able to chip away at the Bulldog's early advantage bringing their lead down eight points at the 12:44 mark of the half.
But shortly thereafter at the 12 media timeout, Bryant was able to extend their lead back out to 12 points.
Coming out of the media timeout, Bryant was able to extend their lead up to 16 which forced CCSU head coach Donyell Marshall to call a timeout.
The Blue Devils continued to struggle from the field, as Bryant went on an 8-0 run which extended the Bulldogs lead up to 20.
One of the bright spots for Central Connecticut was Greg Outlaw. The sophomore from Chicago was shooting 50% from the field in the first half.
Just before halftime, the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to end the half which extended their lead to an impressive 24 points.
Chris Childs and Michael Green led the way for Bryant's offensive attack in the half logging 14 and 12 points respectively.
Bryant shot 58% from the field in the first half and 53% from downtown. They also went 5/6 from the charity stripe in the half.
As for Central Connecticut, the team struggled out of the gates and were not able to get the offense cooking as Greg Outlaw logged 12 points in the first half.
CCSU shot 32% from the field and a rough 21% from beyond the arc in the half.
To start off the second half Bryant guard Luis Hurtado Jr. was able to score five quick points to start off the half.
CCSU called their second timeout of the game after a defensive breakdown that resulted in a Chris Childs layup.
Central's struggles from the floor in the first half carried over to the second and by the 7:47 mark of the second half the Bulldogs extended their lead up to 80 points.
By the under four media timeout continued to dominate in all facets of the game are Bryant led by 31 with 3:49 left in the game.
In the final minutes of the game, Bryant was able to push their lead up to 32 points before Central was able to cut the lead down to 25 just before time expired in the game.
Overall for the Bulldogs, they shot 49% from the field and just 38% from beyond the arc. One of the only flaws in their game today was that they turned the rock over 19 times. For Central Connecticut, they shot just 39% from the field and 32% from deep.
Individually, Chris Childs led the way for Bryant in points with 20 Michael Green also shot the ball well as he logged 16 points in the win. For Central, Greg Outlaw was able to log 18 points in the loss while Nigel Scantlebury led the Blue Devils on the glass with 7 boards on the day.
For Central Connecticut, they shot just 39% from the field and 32% from deep.
These two NEC foes clash once again tomorrow at 4:00 P.M on NEC Front Row.