SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Dyami Starks scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting to lead Bryant to an 88-67 victory over Central Connecticut State in a Northeast Conference game on Thursday night.
Alex Francis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Vlad Kondratyev and Joe O'Shea scored 12 each and Corey Maynard 11 for the Bulldogs (17-8, 10-4), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Bryant beat CCSU 69-62 on Jan. 12.
CCSU played Bryant tough in the early going, but with an 18-15 advantage midway through the first half, Bryant outscored CCSU 25-16 the rest of the way to lead 43-31 at halftime behind Starks' 14 points.
The Bulldogs, who shot 32 of 60 from the field, led 51-34 after O'Shea's two free throws 2:55 into the second half and cruised home.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.