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Lowell’ Bryan is Filling Up the Box Scores at Salem State

January 12, 2019
Lowell's Sean Bryan goes to the hoop for Salem State in a game against Clark. SALEM STATE PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

Anyone who watched Sean Bryan play basketball during his stellar and decorated career at Lowell High School quickly learned of his propensity for filling up the stat sheet.

The former Sun Player of the Year provided contributions in just about every imaginable way for the Red Raiders. Now a junior at Salem State University, Bryan’s nightly box scores would make Russell Westbrook proud.

Entering Saturday’s game against Framingham State, the 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 25.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the 7-8 Vikings. Bryan hardly comes off the floor for SSU, logging 38.9 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point land and 83.2 percent from the free throw line, while attempting 8.7 FTs per game. He’s mastered the art of drawing contact, a skill he first started honing at LHS.

Bryan ranks seventh in the nation for Division 3 in points per game. It’s been a dramatic statistical improvement after he averaged 12 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a sophomore.

He’s not the only local product lighting it up on a national level.

Tyngsboro’s Austin Coene, a senior guard at Roger Williams University, is 10th in Division 3 in scoring at 24.2 points per game. Pelham’s Keith Brown, a junior guard at Endicott, is 25th at 22.1 points per game.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side of things, Dracut native Kaylee Kacavas is enjoying a sensational senior season at Div. 3 Rivier University.

The 5-foot-8 guard ranks second nationally in scoring at 26.4 points per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. She’s also pulling down 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Unfortunately, Rivier was just 1-10 entering Saturday’s game at Albertus Magnus.

Eric McCord, a Westford Academy grad, is averaging 8.6 points and 10.6 rebounds, while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor for Middlebury College.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound senior has anchored the middle for a Middlebury squad that took an 11-4 record into Friday night’s game at Bates.

Former Lowell High star Alexi Schecter is in her junior season at Division 1 Albany.

The 6-3 center is averaging 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game for the Great Danes (4-11). She has started 10 of the team’s 15 games.

Billerica’s Josh Bradanese has started 14 of the 15 games for Division 2 Jefferson in Philadelphia. The 6-foot-6 junior forward is averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game.

Jefferson was 9-6 entering Saturday’s game against Post.

Shawsheen Tech grad and Billerica native Emily Irwin is putting up an impressive 18 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.9 steals as a senior guard at Curry (7-7).

She’s getting help from freshman Tyngsboro product Amanda Leal, who is averaging 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Gavin Keough, a Groton-Dunstable grad, is averaging 9.9 points as a sophomore guard for Wentworth (4-10).

He has started 10 of the team’s 14 games and is playing 25.4 minutes per game.

Lindsay Werner, another G-D grad, is averaging 16.7 points in 14 starts for Division 2 Merrimack College, which will turn Division 1 in the next academic year.

Werner, a senior guard, has knocked down 37 3-pointers at a 38.9 percent clip. Merrimack took a 9-6 record into Saturday’s game against Pace.

Tewksbury’s Emily Velozo is a primary reason Framingham State entered Saturday with a 10-4 record.

The 5-foot-5 junior guard has started every game for the Rams and is averaging 15.1 points while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor, 37 percent from deep and 82 percent at the free throw line.

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