Bryant guard Sherif Gross-Bullock is the Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 13-19. He averaged 19.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG through five appearances to start the season.
With the announcement that former interim head coach Phil Martelli Jr. would officially take over as the full-time head coach, Bryant opened the week with a 95-79 loss at Boston University. In spite of the defeat, Gross-Bullock led the Bulldogs with a season-high 28 points, adding five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
On Saturday, Bryant traveled down to Boca Raton with an opportunity to bounce back in a matchup against last season’s Cinderella story No. 10 FAU.
While the Owls were favored by 22.5 points, the Bulldogs pulled out a 61-52 win late into the second half behind a double-double of 18 points, 11 boards, and two assists from Gross-Bullock.
Having transitioned to the Division I ranks back in 2008, the win over FAU marked Bryant’s first defeat of a ranked opponent as a program.
For his consecutive performances, the former La Salle transfer was honored as the American East Player of the Week.
Gross-Bullock and the Bulldogs will have a chance to build on a 3-3 start, visiting a Xavier program on Friday that was picked just sixth in the Big East preseason poll.
Ken Evans Jr. (Jackson State) - Bookending the week with strong performances, Evans led the Tigers with 33 points in a loss to Loyola Marymount, dipped to just one point in a loss to Tulsa, but bounced back with 20 points in an upset defeat of Missouri.
Marcus Tsohonis (Long Beach State) - Despite contributing 17 points in an opening week loss to San Diego State, the former Washington and VCU transfer managed 35 points and seven rebounds to help upset Michigan.
Keyshaun Langley (UNC Greensboro) - After adding 26 points in a 74-70 loss to Vanderbilt, Langley led the Spartans to an upset win over No. 14 Arkansas with 23 points, five assists, and three steals.