CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- Dynami Sparks set a career high with 29 points as Bryant matched its Northeast Conference win total from a year ago with an 84-77 win over Robert Morris Thursday night in each team's conference opener.
The Bulldogs went 1-17 in the NEC last year and 2-28 overall but are now 8-4 overall after winning their first conference game. The win was Bryant's first over Robert Morris
Sparks drained a career-high seven 3-pointers in 12 attempts, and Frankie Dobbs had a career-best 26 points on 5-of-8 3-point shooting as Bryant hit 13 of 25 from deep. Alex Francis added 18 points and nine rebounds for Bryant.
Velton Jones led Robert Morris (8-6) with 24 points and six assists. Coron Williams, who entered shooting 64 percent (16 of 25) from 3-point range in his last four games, made just 1 of 3 from deep for his only three points of the game.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.