DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Peter Kiss and Hall Elisias each achieved milestones as the Bryant University men’s basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 78-62, on the final day of the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach.
Kiss needed just four points to reach 1,000 for his career and decided to score a career-high 35. The 35 points are tied for the second-highest number in the history of a DI program in only one match. Elisias, on the other hand, only needed one block to match the career record of the DI program and moved up to block six. He now holds the DI career record with 152.
The duo were the only Bulldogs to finish in double digits, with Kiss adding five boards, three assists and four steals. Elisias had 14 points and seven rebounds to go with his six blocks. Charles Pride led Bryant with 11 rebounds.
Bryant 78, Sainte-Croix 62
Recordings: Bryant 2-3 | Holy Cross 1-4
Site: Ocean Center (Daytona Beach, FL)
- Bryant turned a 33-25 lead into a 52-25 lead with a 19-0 run that lasted nearly five minutes of play.
How did it happen
- Pride posted a pair of buckets inside to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead in the media’s first timeout.
- Kiss hit 1,000 career points with an inside finish to give Bryant an 8-2 lead. He followed that up with a turn three and his afternoon was gone.
- Holy Cross would sit at 13-9, but the Bulldogs got a corner three from Childs and a three from the top of Elias’s key.
- Bryant would increase his lead to 13 with 5:19 to go before the Crusaders retreated to less than seven with 1:39 to go in the first half.
- Elisias recorded his 149th block during the stretch, giving him the record for the DI program.
- Kiss would break through a corner three with 1:25 left to restart a 22-2 run that sidelined the game. Kiss beat the first half horn with a driving layup.
- Elisias helped Bryant continue the race with seven quick points to start the second half. He converted a three-point play to bring the score to 50-25 with 4:43 to go.
- Kiss played a key role when he stole a Holy Cross pass and rushed for a reverse slam to bring the score to 57-27 with 13:53 remaining.
- Bryant’s lead would hover around 20 points for the remainder of the competition.
- Bryant finished 27 of 60 (45%) on the field, 7 of 25 (28%) of three and 17 of 22 (77%) on the line.
- Bryant passed Holy Cross, 41-37.
- The Bulldogs have 20 points on 16 Holy Cross turnovers. Bryant also scored 40 points in the paint.
- Kiss finished with 35 points on 14 of 25 shots from the field. He was 4 of 9 of three and added five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
- Elisias finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.
- Pride posted four points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
- Chris Childs added nine points.
- Bryant and Holy Cross were only 31 miles apart until 146, but were meeting for the first time… in Florida.
- Kiss has reached the 1,000 point mark for his career. He now has 1,031 career points.
- Kiss’s 35 points are tied for the second-highest number in a single game in DI program history. It’s the most scored by a Bulldog player since December 21, 2013, when Dyami Starks scored 35 against Delaware at Madison Square Garden.
- The 14 goals scored for Kiss are the second in the history of the DI program.
- Elisias has blocked 5+ shots for the third time this year and 3+ shots for the 26th time in his career.
- Elisias blocked 11 shots in two games this weekend.
- Elisias now has 152 career blocks, surpassing Dan Garvin’s previous DI program record of 148.
- Elisias averages 2.7 blocks per game in 57 games as a Bulldog.
Bryant returns to Rhode Island this week, facing Brown on Black Friday in Providence. The tip is set for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on NESN.