SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Alex Francis scored 19 points and posted his third consecutive double-double as Bryant led throughout in an 85-60 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday in Northeast Conference play.
The Bulldogs, who finished 2-28 last season, 1-17 in the NEC, are now 19-10, 12-6. They guaranteed themselves a home game Wednesday in the NEC tournament.
Bryant, which led 41-30 at halftime, got double-figure scoring from Corey Maynard (season-high 18 points), Dyami Starks (14), Joe O'Shea (12) and Vlad Kondratyev, who recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Francis grabbed 12 rebounds.
Bryant outscored St. Francis 44-18 in the paint, outrebounding the Red Flash 41-16. The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 65.3 percent (32 of 49) from the floor. St. Francis hit 23 of 58 shots.
Bryant made 14 of 20 free throws. St. Francis was 3 for 7.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.