LIVE BLOG: FDU Men’s Basketball Against Bryant University, Game 1

9:22 p.m.

FDU wins the first of the weekend double-header, defeating Bryant 81-79. The Knights improve to 4-9 overall, 3-4 in NEC play. Meanwhile, #1 Bryant falls to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in NEC play.

Jenkins led the way for the Knights with 26 points. Rush added 18 points while Williams had 13 of his own and Racine scored 12 points off the bench. 

Childs had 22 points for the Bulldogs while Elisias added 18 points and Pride had 14. 

FDU shot 29-67 (43.3%) from the field, 12-30 (40%) from three, and 11-16 (68.8%) from the free-throw line. 

Bryant shot 28-61(45.9%) from the field, 12-30 (40%) from three, and 11-14 (78.6%) from the free-throw line.

Thank you for following tonight’s game. We would like to thank our assistant sports editor Jen Malti for helping out with updates during the game. Another thank you to our managing editor Amaya Morales for producing the live blog and student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating Twitter throughout the game. 

Tune in tomorrow as we follow the FDU Men’s Basketball team for another game against the Bryant Bulldogs as they look to complete the sweep. Enjoy the rest of your night everybody!

9:08 p.m.

Hurtado heaves the inbound pass out of bounds as FDU holds on to win a close one over Bryant, 81-79.

9:06 p.m.

Pride misses the three as Rush comes down with the rebound with just one second remaining. Rush heads to the line for the one-and-one. 

He hits the front half to extend the Knights’ lead 81-79. He misses the second free throw, giving Bryant one last shot down two with just a second on the clock.

9:02 p.m.

Jenkins capitalizes and gets it to fall from deep to give FDU the lead making the score 80-79 with 18 seconds left in the game as Bryant calls a timeout.

9:01 p.m.

Call on the floor has been reversed. It is a shot clock violation on the Bulldogs. It will be FDU’s ball with 23 seconds left.

9:00 p.m.

A jump ball is called on the floor prior to the shot clock violation. The arrow points to Bryant with them clamoring to a two point lead with 22 seconds remaining. Officials will head to the replay monitor to confirm the call on the floor.

8:59 p.m.

Munden heads to the free-throw line and makes both attempts to make it a one possession game making the score 79-77 with 53 seconds left in the game.

8:58 p.m.

Powell misses at the rim, but Munden is able to get yet another offensive rebound. He has 12 rebounds for the Knights, five of them offensive.

8:54 p.m.

Pride and Powell exchange threes as there is 1:25 remaining and the score is 79-75.

8:52 p.m.

Munden flies in for the rebound to keep the play alive for FDU. He was fouled and will head to the line for two huge free throws ahead. 

He comes up empty from the line. The score remains 76-72 with 2:13 left in the game. 

8:50 p.m.

Childs jab steps and hits the three in the eye of Racine. That gives the Bulldogs a four point lead with exactly three minutes remaining.

8:47 p.m.

Munden is called for the foul. That’s his fourth and Bryant is now in the single-bonus. Pride splits a pair but gives the Bulldogs back the lead, 73-72 with just under four minutes left in the contest. 

8:45 p.m.

Jenkins ties the game with the three and makes the score 72-72 with less than five minutes in the game. He has 23 points and continues to take over this second half for the Knights.

8:44 p.m.

Jenkins continues to score points as he hits the jumper to make the score 72-69.

8:43 p.m.

Green, who has been quiet much of the night, heads to the free-throw line and hits a pair. He extends the Bulldogs’ lead back to 72-67 with 5:30 remaining.

8:42 p.m.

Racine slams it in on the dunk and gets FDU within three to make the score 70-67 with 6:06 remaining in the game.

8:41 p.m.

Williams knocks down both from the stripe. He is up to 13 points for the Knights as they still trail by five.

8:39 p.m.

Out of the timeout, Pride gets to the basket and lays it in off the pass from Kiss. Pride is now in double digits with ten points. Bryant leads 70-63 with seven minutes left in the game.

8:34 p.m.

Elisias extends Bryant’s lead with the dunk off the alley-oop pass from Pride and makes the score 68-63.

8:33 p.m.

Pride responds with the layup as heads to the free-throw line and makes the score 66-63 with 8:16 remaining.

8:32 p.m.

Rush knocks down the three to tie the game at 63. He has 17 points for FDU. 

8:28 p.m.

The Bryant bench wants a travel as Racine gets the layup to fall with 10:22 remaining in the game. At the halfway point of the second half, it’s the Bulldogs leading the Knights 63-60. 

8:27 p.m.

Kiss is on a hot streak as he shoots it in from the field and puts the Bulldogs ahead by five making the score 63-58.

8:26 p.m.

Kiss slams it in with a dunk and puts Bryant ahead yet again making the score 60-58.

8:25 p.m.

Baker drives it in and ties the game and makes the score 58-58 with 12:21 remaining. 

He was fouled, but can’t complete the three-point play at the line.

8:24 p.m.

Jenkins heads to the free-throw line and makes one of two attempts to get FDU within two making the score 58-56.

8:23 p.m.

Childs hits another three. That is his fifth three-pointer of the night to give the Bulldogs back the lead, 58-55. He has 19 points for Bryant, leading all scorers.

8:21 p.m.

Pride and Williams exchange layups to make the score 55-55 with 14:11 remaining in the second half.

8:20 p.m.

Jenkins ties the game with the floater and makes the score 53-53.

8:17 p.m.

Childs regains the lead for Bryant by getting it from down the field and makes the score 53-51. 

8:16 p.m.

Rush is off to a hot start to this second half. He slams it down on the fast break off his own steal. 

Rush continues with his momentum and makes the three for FDU and gives them the lead making the score 51-50 with 16:53 remaining in the second half. 

8:13 p.m.

Elisias hits the jumper with the assist from Kiss to extend Bryant’s lead to four making the score 50-46.

8:12 p.m.

Rush starts off the second half by hitting the three, but Pride hits one of his own making the score 48-46.

8:06 p.m.

Bryant leads FDU 45-43 at the end of the first half. Elisias led the Bulldogs with 14 points with Childs adding 13 of his own off the bench. For the Knights, Jenkins led the way with 15 points, followed by Williams with nine, and Racine adding eight off the bench.

The Knights shot 16-38 (42.1%), 6-17 (35.3%) from three, and 5-5 (100%) from the free-throw line. 

The Bulldogs shot 16-29 (55.2%), 6-13 (46.2%) from three, and 7-8 (87.5%) from the free-throw line.

8:00 p.m.

Jenkins heaves from half-court and banks in the prayer to end the first half. The Knights head into the locker room with momentum, trailing 45-43.

7:55 p.m.

Williams hits a three with 27 seconds left. He is now up to nine points for FDU. 

Powell is called for the foul for three seconds remaining. Green ends up at the line and knocks down both from the free-throw line. 45-40 Bryant with very little time left in the half.

7:53 p.m.

Williams faces up, attacks the basket, and gets it to fall. 

Childs hits a jumper quickly down the other end. He has 13 points for the Bulldogs off the bench as they lead 43-37 with 37 seconds remaining in the half.

7:50 p.m.

Racine gets the dump off from Munden and slams it down. He has eight points off the bench for the Knights. Bryant remains in control with a 41-35 lead with just under two minutes left in the first half.

7:48 p.m.

Hurtado hits the front half of the one-and-one but misses the back end. On the other end, Jenkins pulls up and knocks down a deep three-pointer. He has 12 points for FDU. The Knights trail 36-33 with 3:25 remaining.

7:43 p.m.

Childs steps into a three and nails it. Back-to-back threes for the Bulldogs. Jenkins answers getting to the basket in transition and laying it in plus the foul. He completes the three-point play as FDU trails by three with 3:50 left in the first half of play.

7:40 p.m.

After a two minute scoring drought for both teams, an offensive rebound by Pride leads to a long three by Hurtado. Bryant extends their lead to 30-25 with 6:16 left in the half.

7:36 p.m.

Everything is falling for Elisias. He has carried the Bulldogs throughout this first half. He has gotten to the hoop at will and adds to his total with 14 points. 

In transition, Jenkins dives to the cup and lays it in off the steal by Baker. Back and forth we go as FDU trails 27-25 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half.

7:33 p.m.

Racine continues to make his mark. He grabs two offensive rebounds and is awarded with a trip to the free-throw line. He hits both from the stripe and the Knights trail by just two at the halfway point of the first half.

7:31 p.m.

First action for Callum Baker and comes in firing. The sophomore hits a deep three-pointer to cut the Bulldog lead to two, but FDU has no answers for Elisias. He hits the mid-range jumper and now has 12 points for the Bulldogs, leading all scorers. Bryant leads 25-21 with 10:48 left in the half.

7:29 p.m.

Recine gets to the cup and gets the layup to the fall. The freshman has come in and provided a spark for FDU off the bench. The Knights still trail 23-18 with 11:24 remaining in the first half. 

7:26 p.m.

Elisias has got it going. He has ten points as Green finds him once again close to the basket. 

Pier-Olivier Racine checks in off the bench for the Knights and hits a jumper but Childs knocks down a three for Bryant. The Bulldogs maintain the lead 18-14 with 13:44 left. 

7:24 p.m.

Elisias gets to the basket and lays it in. He has 8 points and has been very aggressive early on for Bryant. Williams responds by driving and scoring to make it 13-12 Bulldogs five minutes into the game.

7:21 p.m.

Jenkins splits the defense and finds Rush for an open three. A pretty move sets up Rush for his second three of the night. FDU trails 11-10 with 15:56 remaining in the first half. 

7:19 p.m.

Square is called for the foul. That’s his second already. Foul trouble for the Knights as Powell checks back in for Square with 16:10 left.

7:15 p.m.

Technical foul on Green. Jenkins heads to the line and hits both free throws. FDU still trails 9-7 with 17 minutes left in the half. 

7:13 p.m.

7-0 run for Bryant is halted by a Williams layup. The Knights have been sloppy with the basketball early on with 3 turnovers. The Bulldogs lead 9-5 with 17:32 remaining in the first half of play. 

7:12 p.m.

Elisias opens up the scoring. He hits a jumper to give the Bulldogs the first lead of the night. 

Rush answers back on the other end for FDU nailing a three-pointer. A minute of play has gone by and the Knights lead 3-2. 

7:07 p.m.

The Knights’s starting lineup for tonight are Brandon Rush, Jahlil Jenkins, Brandon Powell, Elyjah Williams, and John Square Jr. 

Starting lineup for Bryant is Michael Green III, Charles Pride, Luis Hurtado, Peter Kiss, and Hall Elisias. 

6:53 p.m.

Good evening and welcome to another men’s basketball live blog. I am Charles Elmo, sports writer for The Equinox, joined by assistant sports editor Jen Malti. Our managing editor, Amaya Morales, will be producing tonight’s live blog and student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game. 

The Knights (3-9, 2-4 NEC) are coming off a 90-82 loss against Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania). Senior guard Jahil Jenkins scored 30 points for FDU, but they were unable to complete the series sweep over Saint Francis. 

The Knights split the series with the Red Flash. Now, the current Northeast Conference standings are as follows: 1. Bryant, 2. St. Francis Brooklyn, 3. Long Island University, 4. Mount St. Mary’s, 5. Sacred Heart, 6. Merrimack, 7. Wagner, 8. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 9. Saint Francis University (PA), and 10. Central Connecticut State University. 

FDU will look to bounce back tonight as they tip off the first game of a NEC weekend doubleheader at 7 p.m. at the Rothman Center against #1 Bryant (10-3, 6-2 NEC). 

FDU looks to sweep Bryant in a round-robin against Bryant.