SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Alex Francis scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Bryant claim its first win of the season in a 76-64 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday.
Dyami Starks finished with 17 points and Frankie Dobbs added 12 for the Bulldogs (1-2), who never trailed in the contest. Bryant scored the game's first 12 points, highlighted by Starks' 3-pointer and three-point play.
The Bulldogs had their lead trimmed to two points when New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick made a 3-pointer with 5:50 left in the first half. But the Wildcats (2-1) pulled no closer as Bryant pushed its lead to 43-34 by halftime.
The Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second half, pulling ahead by as much as 16 points.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.