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

SMITHFIELD — Jared Grasso will tell you the Bryant men’s basketball team doesn’t have that scorer. He will tell you the Bulldogs have a number of players who can fill the role vacated by the irreplaceable Peter Kiss. On any given night, he’ll tell you that any one of those players can be that guy. He is not wrong.

But with the way Saturday went, it looks like Sheriff Gross Bullock is the one.

Binghamton tried a pregame bowl tactic to rattle the America East newcomers, then outscored Bryant in the first half of the first half. Gross Bullock committed to shouldering the load, and his immediate offense seemed to invigorate the Bulldogs. The defense got better, the lead shrunk, and while Bryant couldn’t make the lead comfortable, it was enough to make it 82-78 in its conference debut.

“He’s a very, very gifted 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 a productive player last season. The Bulldogs were played by Peter Kiss, who had no problem getting buckets no matter the situation.

This season is different. You don’t replace a player like Kiss, and to his credit, Grasso never claimed the team would try to.

But a basketball team still needs a guy, the type of player who wants the ball in clutch situations and consistently gets the job done when his number is called. While Charles Pride seemed like a strong candidate, Pride is better as a complimentary piece. He excelled at it last year, and while teams are paying more attention to him, the No. 1 scorer doesn’t seem to fit. The same could be said for transfer Doug Edert, who excelled as a marksman at St Peter’s last March. Edert can light up the scoreboard in a hurry, but he does so while on offense.

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