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.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.