By Anthony Covino
The Knights got one of their most important Northeast Conference wins of the season, beating Bryant, 74-72, on Thursday, Feb. 27.
FDU improves to 10-18 with a 8-9 record in the NEC, while Bryant falls to 14-16 with a 6-11 record in the NEC. FDU sits in sixth in the standings, while Bryant sits at eighth in the standings.
“What happened tonight was we had more points than they did when the buzzer went off,” FDU head coach Greg Herenda said. “I don’t know how it happened. We played every second all the way until the buzzer, and we made those plays. I just keep thinking of Devon Dunn and Daniel Rodriguez. It was Senior Night and our freshmen came up big for us. We just don’t quit. Just an amazing finish and a game that Kaleb Bishop will remember forever.”
Bishop, a senior forward from Paterson and a St. Anthony’s product, was honored before the game for Senior Night as his family watched. Bishop played limited minutes due to a leg injury and finished with 7 points after picking up 3 personal fouls in the first half.
Bishop reached 4 personal fouls only 4 minutes into the second half. Getting into foul trouble limited him to only 19 minutes of game time.
Bishop has 1,102 career points along with junior guard Jahlil Jenkins who passed the 1,000-point career scoring milestone this season.
Redshirt junior guard Xzavier Malone-Key led the way for the Knights with 16 points. Jenkins had 13 points. Junior forward Elyjah Williams added 12 points. Freshman guard Devon Dunn added 8 points.
FDU shot 28-54 (51.9%) from the field, 7-20 (35%) from three, and 11-19 (57.9) from the free throw line.
Senior forward Juan Cardenas led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points and preseason All NEC senior guard Adam Grant added 16 points.