Bryant Sweeps Merrimack Behind Monster Day From Hall Elisias

Coming into this weekends 2 game series with Merrimack, it was unclear how the Bulldogs would respond after they only played 2 games over the previous 35 days. After squeaking by with a 60 to 58 on Saturday afternoon in Smithfield, it looked like the lack of conditioning may lead to a long day on Sunday afternoon.

Going into the half on Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs were leading 35 to 33. They were going to need a great second half to come out with a win at Merrimack. Bryant ended up outscoring Merrimack 41 to 27 in the half and held Merrimack to shooting only 37.5% from the field in the half. That helped Bryant come out with a 76 to 60 win over the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

“Really proud of my guys. Especially two days in a row, which we haven’t done in a long time, so I didn’t know what to expect.” said Jared Grasso when talking about his teams ability to finish off the sweep of Merrimack on Sunday afternoon.

“I thought we played about as well as we could in the second half. Held them to 37% from the field. We really shared the ball, shot 54%. 16 assists on any game against them is a lot” added Grasso when talking about his teams ability to keep their energy as high as they could in the second half.

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Hall Elisias Looks Healthy After The Pause

Back on January 31st, the Bulldogs played their second game in a weekend series at Fairleigh Dickinson. Hall Elisias only played 20 minutes in that game and didn’t play at the end of that game due to an injury.

“He’s obviously going through some injury stuff. For him to get a week where he wasn’t pounding on his legs and kind of able to refresh a little bit. I think it may have helped. Obviously he has been fresh these last two days. This has the best he’s been all year in the second game of a back to back, which is very encouraging” said Grasso after the game. “Now it’s can we this week, get him back healthy and do the things he needs to do in physical therapy, with our trainer, with our strength coach, to be able to do it next weekend” added Grasso.

On Sunday, Hall Elisias put up a career high 20 points in the Bulldogs win over the Warriors. He also added 10 rebounds, which is the third highest this season. His season high was 20 rebounds in a 72 to 63 win over the Red Flash in Loretto back on January 15th.

“The block father” as fellow teammate Timmy Kiggins would put him, needs to be healthy for the Bulldogs to be able to make a run in the shortened NEC tournament next month. When Elisias is healthy, his ability to protect the rim and keep the opponent out of the paint is a huge advantage for the Bulldogs.

Right now, the Bulldogs are currently in second place in the Northeast Conference. Only behind Wagner in terms of percentage points. They have the same amount of losses in conference, but the Bulldogs have the tiebreaker over Wagner thanks to their sweep over Wagner back in December in Smithfield.

What’s Next For The Bulldogs

The Bulldogs currently have four games left on the docket for the rest of the year, all in Smithfield. It starts with with two games with the Long Island University Sharks on Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm. They will then take on Mount St. Marys on the following Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Bulldogs still haven’t played Sacred Heart this year. They were supposed to play them back on February 11th and 12th in Connecticut, but they were postponed due to the Covid-19 pause. It should also be noted that hours after Bryant went on pause, Sacred Heart announced that their program was going on pause as well. So that series would have been postponed either way. It doesn’t appear that those games will happen, but that has not yet been finalized.
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