Bryant-Wagner: Bulldogs Win First Game of the Year in Nail-Biter

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2010

The Bryant Bulldogs (1-26, 1-14) won their first game of the season with a 53-51 victory at the Wagner Seahawks (4-24, 2-13) on Thursday night.  If Bryant was going to win a game this season, this was it.

Bryant led most of the game, but Wagner rallied to lead 51-50 with 1:30 left to play.  Bryant made a free throw with 23 seconds left to tie the game at 51. 

Wagner brought the ball up the court and missed a three-pointer that would have given the Seahawks the lead.  The Seahawks fought for the offensive rebound and kicked it back out for another three-pointer attempt—but it missed, and the ball went out of bounds.  Bryant regained possession with four seconds left.

Raphael Jordan was fouled on a drive with one second left.  Jordan had made all four of his free throws to that point in the game.  He stepped to the line and made both free throws, giving Bryant a 53-51 lead.  The Bulldogs would go on to win by the same score.

Vlad Kondratyev scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs.  Kondratyev made all six of his field goals. 

This was Bryant's first win since beating NJIT at home on Feb. 17, 2009. This was Bryant's first road win since it beat Quinnipiac on Feb. 7, 2009.


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