November 16 in Bryant athletic history: 2004

Bryant hangs on to edge Malvern

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Ryan Moss hit a clutch 3-pointer then Chad Pitts and John Newman hit late free throws as the Bryant Hornets debuted with a 33-30 win over the Malvern Leopards on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

In a tight, old-school game, the Hornets fell behind 27-20 early in the fourth quarter but an offensive-rebound basket by Chris Chumley, who had 10 rebounds in the game, got the team on the comeback trail. Moments later, Newman canned a 3 and, after Malvern miss, Pitts drained one from long range to give the Hornets a 28-27 edge with five minutes to go.

It stayed that score from two minutes as the two teams exchanged turnovers before Pitts was fouled with 2:58 left. He converted both free throws to extend the lead to 3.

A free throw by Cameron Butler pulled Malvern within two but Newman got that one back with :37 left.

Malvern’s Chad Amos misfired but the Leopards got another chance when Bryant turned the ball over with :14.3 showing.

After a timeout, the Leopards worked the clock down trying to get an open look for a tying 3-pointer but when it got down inside of five seconds Butler drove and hit a short jumper to make it 31-30. The Cubs called timeout with :02.7 on the clock then quickly fouled Pitts. With :01.1 showing, Pitts sealed the win by sinking two free throws. A last second shot by Malvern’ Rashad Jones from near midcourt was off the mark and the Hornets had held on.

Pitts led all scorers with 9 points, Newman had 7 as eight different Bryant players scored. Amos led Malvern with 7 points and five rebounds.

Malvern led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter as both teams struggled to get on track offensively.

To start the second quarter, Bryant’s Jeremy Nordman hit a pair of free throws and, after a Malvern miss, Micah Farish drained a 3 to give the Hornets their first lead, 8-7.

Pitts banked in a jumper and Jeremy Chumley hit a pair of free throws to give Bryant an 11-7 edge only to have Malvern rally for a 12-11 lead at the half.

Again, the Hornets got off to a good start in the third quarter. Chumley’s 15-footer put them back on top. Chase Shaw converted a pair of free throws to make it 15-12.

Jones answered with a layup but Shaw hit a free throw. He missed the second but Jeremy Chumley tapped the rebound out to Shaw and, eventually, Newman drained a trey to give the Hornets their largest lead of the game 19-14 with 5:13 left in the period.

But Malvern got on a roll and built a 26-20 lead by the end of the quarter. A free throw to start the fourth-quarter scoring gave the Leopards their largest lead before Bryant made its decisive rally, holding the visitors to just 4 points in the fourth quarter.

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