LIU Gameday Preview – Game 17 – Bryant

LIU Brooklyn looks to make it two straight road victories as they head up to Smithfield, RI for another tough test at the Bryant’s Chace Athletic Center. (Photo: bryantbulldogs.com)

Game Info

Opponent: Bryant

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 7-11, 4-1 NEC
Tip: 4:00 PM
Where: Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, RI

Broadcast: NEC Front Row

 

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win vs St. Francis Brooklyn, 61-59
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 16-15/12-6
KenPom Rank: 294
Meeting History: 13th all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the series, 7-5. LIU has lost four straight games in the series. 

High Scorer: Hunter Ware, Guard, So., 13.8 ppg

High Rebounder: Dan Garvin, Forward, Sr., 7.6 rpg

High Assist man: Shane McLaughlin, Guard, Sr., 5.2 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink

Bryant:

G – Shane McLaughlin
G – Hunter Ware
G – Nisre Zouzoua
F – Marcel Pettway
F – Dan Garvin

Bryant Scouting Report

The Bryant Bulldogs are off to a hot start in NEC play. They are currently in the group of three teams in first place in the conference along with FDU and Mount St. Mary’s at 4-1. Bryant has won five of their last six games after starting their season 2-10. Bryant did play the 39th hardest non-conference schedule according to KenPom.

The reasons why they are 4-1, they are doing the job on the offensive end. Bryant comes into this game as the NEC’s best three-point shooting team in conference games, shooting nearly 43% from outside the arc. They also have the second-best conference scoring efficiency, scoring 106.4 points per 100 possessions. They are not turning the ball over a ton and making their shots.

Defensive though, the Bulldogs are still vulnerable. They are doing a good job defending the three but they can be scored upon inside as teams are shooting 48% from inside the arc. They are not a great rebounding team in NEC play as they allow teams to grab nearly 35% of missed shots.

The Bulldogs are being led by the new wave of talent that has come into their program. Sophomore guard Hunter Ware leads Bryant in scoring at 13.8 ppg while shooting over 43% from the floor and over 40% from three. Ware likes the big stages as his two best scoring games of the season came against Duke (24 pts) and Michigan (26 pts).

Freshman guard Nisre Zouzoua has been coming on over the last month. He is averaging 10.7 ppg while making nearly 40% of his shots. He has scored in double figures in eight of his last ten games.

Freshman big man Marcel Pettway (10.4 ppg) had a huge start to his NEC career with back-to-back 26-point games against CCSU and FDU in wins over both of them. At 6’8”, 250 lbs. Pettway is a handful inside. He is hitting over 58% of his shots. 85% of his shots is at the rim and he makes 64% of those shots.

Also you can’t forget about their senior guys in Dan Garvin and Shane McLaughlin. Garvin leads Bryant in rebounding at 7.6 rpg while scoring over 10 ppg. McLaughlin leads the NEC in assists at 5.2 apg and is averaging 7.4 apg in NEC play so far. He hit the game-winner shot against St. Francis Brooklyn Thursday night to give them a two-point win at home. McLaughlin plays virtually the entire game. In fact, he has played every minute in all five NEC games for Bryant.

Bryant has three of the top four players in minutes played in NEC play with McLaughlin (41.0 mpg), Pettway (39.0 mpg) and Ware (38.0 mpg) all playing heavy minutes.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn come from 17 points down in the second half to come back and win on the road at Wagner 71-70. The 17-point deficit was the largest overcome by an LIU team in over a decade.

– LIU point guard Aakim Saintil scored a career-high 27 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field.

– Junior forward Jerome Frink finished with 17 points, 14 coming in the second half. Played in all 40 minutes in the game.

– Redshirt-sophomore forward Nura Zanna tied a season-high 12 points along with seven rebounds.

– LIU head coach Jack Perri used just six players in the second half, letting four of his five starters play all 20 second half minutes in their epic comeback.

– Junior forward Glenn Feidanga played a season-high 17 minutes, 14 coming in the second half.

KenPom Prediction: Bryant, 74-69

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Fairleigh Dickinson – Thursday, January 20th – The Blackbirds complete their three-game road trip as they head to Hackensack, NJ to take on the FDU Knights. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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