Cardenas, Elisias lead Bryant over Merrimack

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Juan Cardenas scored 13 points with 15 rebounds and Bryant used the second half to pull away from Merrimack for a 61-52 win on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs have won four straight at home. Merrimack led 29-28 at halftime and used an 8-0 run — aided by back-to-back 3-pointers by Mikey Watkins — to start the second half. But Bryant went on a 14-0 run over a 6-1/2 minute stretch for a 46-42 advantage and never trailed again.

Hall Elisias led Bryant (13-14, 5-9 Northeast Conference) with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Michael Green III added 13 points and six rebounds.

Watkins scored 16 points for the Warriors (18-10, 12-3), Jaleel Lord scored 15 and Juvaris Hayes had 11 points, five assists and five steals.

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Bryant plays St. Francis (NY) on the road on Friday. Merrimack matches up against Sacred Heart at home on Friday.

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