On Sunday the Bryant Bull Dog’s return home to take on Cornell at the Chase Athletic Center. This will be Bryant’s third game in just six days with the previous two-games being two-point losses to both Brown and Rutgers.
Big Red comes into town with a 1-0 record after opening up their season with a resounding 84-64 victory over Binghamton this past Tuesday. Cornell was led by Jimmy Boeheim who scored 24 points. Outside of Boeheim Cornell had three other players in double digits in their season opener. Cornell only played one NEC school last year which turned out to be a loss to Robert Morriss in the first round of the CIT.
This will be the third-ever meeting between the two programs with the previous two both going in favor of Cornell. The last game between these two programs came back in January of 2010 when Big Red smashed Bryant 75-49. Overall Bryant hasn’t had much success against Ivy League programs with a 9-34 All-Time record with their last loss/game coming this past Tuesday against Brown University.
Just because Bryant hasn’t had a whole lot of success against Cornell or Ivy League programs in the past doesn’t mean this will be a blowout. Bryant played both Brown and Rutgers tough and fell by just two points in both matchups. Bryant has shown tenacity early on this year and on the road in New Jersey were able to climb back from a 16-point deficit only to fall just short.
For Bryant so far this year their top Bull Dog has been Senior Adam Grant. Grant scored 21 points against Brown and then 23 points on the road at Rutgers. Another early standout has been freshman Charles Pride whose 22 points against Rutgers were the most ever by a Bryant Freshman against an opponent from a major conference. Pride drilled five three-pointers and snagged seven rebounds. The Bull Dogs also had another standout freshman in Michael Green III whose seven assists matched Ikenna Ndugba’s record for the most assists by a Bryant Rookie against a major conference opponent.
After Sunday the Bull Dogs will be traveling down to Jersey City where they will face Saint Peter’s on Wednesday. That game will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN+.
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