Gross-Bullock leads Bryant to win over Binghamton in America East debut

SMITHFIELD – Jared Grasso will tell you it’s OK that the Bryant men’s basketball team doesn’t have that scorer. That would tell you the Bulldogs have plenty of players to fill the role vacated by the irreplaceable Peter Kiss. He’ll tell you on any given night, any of those players could be that guy. It is not wrong.

But with how Saturday went, it really looks like Sheriff Gross-Bullock is it.

Binghamton tried pre-game bully tactics to shake up the America East newcomers, then pounced on Bryant early in the first half. Gross-Bullock took over carrying the load and his quick offense seemed to energize the Bulldogs. The defense got better, the lead shrunk and while Bryant couldn’t turn the lead over comfortably, he did enough to hold on 82-78 in his conference debut.

“He’s a really, really smart player and he stepped up and made some shots,” Grasso said. “He made some really big plays when we needed them.”

Sheriff Gross-Bullock, Bryant Basketball

Bryant didn’t have to worry about being the go-to scorer last season. The Bulldogs had Peter Kiss, who had no problem getting buckets regardless of the situation.

This season is different. You’re not replacing a player like Kiss, and to his credit, Grasso never claimed the team would try and do that.

But a basketball team still needs a friend, the kind of player who wants the ball in clutch situations and consistently executes when his number is called. While Charles Pride seemed like a strong candidate, Pride is better as a complimentary piece. He thrived on that last year and while teams are paying more attention to him, he doesn’t seem to fit being the No. 1 scorer. The same can be said for transfer Doug Edert, who made a name for himself as a shooter in St. Peter’s last March. Edert can light up the scoreboard in a hurry, but he does it in the flow of the offense.

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