Bryant pulls stunner over No. 10 FAU
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Sheriff Gross-Bullock scored 19 points, Earl Timberlake added 13, and Bryant stunned No. 10 Florida Atlantic 61-52 on Saturday night to end the Islanders’ 19-game home streak.
Daniel Rivera scored 12 and Rafael Pinzon added 10 for the Bulldogs (2-3), who were 0-10 against opponents since becoming full Division I members – losing those games by an average of 28.8 points, apiece most recent of those competitions. 67 points against Houston in 2021.
There was no content. They held the Owls to 26% shooting, 20% in the second half.
Johnell Davis scored 17 and Giancarlo Rosado finished with 11 for the Owls (2-1). Last season’s Final Four program entered the game as a 22.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, against a Bryant team whose only win this season came against NAIA member Fisher.
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The Bulldogs were 0-3, by all accounts, against Top 10 competition. They lost to then-No. 1 Indiana by 43 in 2012, lost to then-No. 3 Ohio State by 38 in 2013 and lost to then-No. 5 Dukes under 38 in 2015.
Reflect on the week for Bryant coach Phil Martelli Jr. His team lost at Rutgers on Sunday. He experienced his former boss – now head coach Jared Grasso – resigning on Monday. He was promoted to head coach on Wednesday, losing the interim title he held in Grasso’s absence. His team lost Thursday at undefeated Boston University.
And now, the most significant victory in the history of the program.
FAU raced out to a quick 10-2 lead. The Owls started 4 for 6. They went 4 of their next 25. And that cold shooting never stopped – not on 3’s, not on layups, not even on free throws.
The Bulldogs went on runs of 11-0 and 8-0 in the first half and went into the break down 29-26 despite shooting 32%, which was 1% better than the Owls’ first 20 minute.
Bryant didn’t shoot much better in the second half. But the FAU Bulldogs shot even worse.
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