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Saturday / August 13.
  • After brawl breaks out, Bryant earns NCAA Tournament bid for first time in program history behind Peter Kiss’ 34 points

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    By CHARLIE PARENT

    Bryant clinched their first NCAA Tournament bid in their 14-year Division I history by blowing out Wagner, 70-43, in the Northeast Conference championship game in Smithfield, R.I.

    Perhaps the bigger news from this game was the near 30-minute game suspension for a fight in the stands.

    “I don’t even know what happened, I just wanted to get the game started again,” said Bryant coach Jared Grasso, the former Iona associate head coach. “Unfortunate incident. I don’t know how it started, why it started, what took place. … Thankfully we were able to [finish the game].”

    Despite the antics at the end of the game, Bryant started hot and never looked back. This was due in part to NCAA Division I leading scorer, and Rutgers transfer, Peter Kiss.

    Kiss had one of his best games in a Bryant uniform, putting up 34 points for the Bulldogs on 13–of 23 shooting along with six rebounds and five steals. His confidence and swagger set him up to be a March Madness fan favorite.

    Bryant projects to be a 16-seed in the NCAA tournament but could be one of the first programs to go up to the 15 line if upsets continue in conference tournament play.

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