BROOKLYN – Cannoneers forward Ari Grant controlled his Senior Night from start to finish in Pratt Institute's 74-54 win over The King's College Wednesday night in non-conference men's basketball play at the ARC.
The Denver native scored 21 of his game-high 34 before halftime, also leading all players with 21 rebounds and five steals in a game Pratt never trailed.
Freshman Vishal Vanka added 12 points and a game-best eight assists, and Eric Jeon came off the bench for 10 points in 21 minutes as Pratt improved to 6-10.
A Vanka steal and outlet pass ahead to Grant for a fast-break, two-handed dunk landed Pratt its biggest lead of the early going, 14-8 at the 13:11 mark. With the hosts up 30-24, consecutive Grant layups starting at the 4:38 mark of the half sparked a 12-2 run. Bubby Vernon closed out the frame with a steal and layup that beat the buzzer and sent the hosts into half leading 42-26.
A Caleb Trowburst basket brought the Lions to within a dozen in the first 2:00 of the second, but Eric Jeon's jumper gained Pratt its first 20-point lead, 52-32, at the 14:10 mark. King's never again came within 16, and a Grant layup in the final 2:38, his last in Brooklyn, later gave the Cannoneers the team's largest lead at 72-48. The Lions scored six of the game's final eight points, with a pair of David Lu free throws with 29 seconds left sealing Pratt's 74-54 victory.
Led by Grant's 14-24 shooting night, the Cannoneers converted on 46 percent from the floor, limiting King's to 34 percent shooting.
Forward Carter Fletcher led the Lions with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.
With his season-high 34 point, Grant is now 30 points shy of 1,000 for his career as Pratt enters his last game Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at Vaughn College.