March 5, 2010

Bryant enjoying sophomore success

To say Mississippi State signee Brian Bryant is having a stellar sophomore season at Northwest Florida State College might be a bit of an understatement.

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound combo guard returned from an injury plagued freshman season to earn Panhandle Conference Player of the Year honors, a conference championship and a No. 5 national ranking.

"It's just not one person, everybody plays their role," Bryant said. "Nobody gets the big head. When one teammate is down and having a bad game then other people know they have to step up their role. Our team just has great chemistry together."

The Raiders are 26-3 overall this season and are coming off a 74-61 win over Central Florida Community College in the first round of the FCCAA Tournament. Bryant played all 40 minutes of the contest despite battling a stomach bug and still managed to score 13 points, grab eight rebounds and dish out six assists.

"We had a lot of people step up (Wednesday) night," Bryant said. "We had five people score in double figures. It wasn't me who was down because our starting center Toby Veal is going through knee problems and not at 100-percent. Our other post man got in foul trouble so we had some people to step up off the bench and played hard. They gave us the extra lift we needed."

Northwest Florida now moves on to the semifinals against Broward tonight at 6 p.m. EST in hopes of reaching the championship game on Saturday before moving on to the national tournament held in Hutchinson, Kan.

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