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The Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog is back and improved. We'll keep you updated on everything you need to know about Rider and Princeton hoops as well as the college basketball landscape.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lopez First Team All-MAAC; Okereafor Second Team

Rider senior center Matt Lopez was named First Team All-MAAC on Monday by the league's coaches, while junior guard Teddy Okereafor earned Second Team.

Lopez, in his only year of eligibility, led the Broncs in points (12.3) and rebounding (7.7) before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 19 against Quinnipiac.

Other first team selections were: Iona's David Laury and A.J. English, Manhattan's Emmy Andujar, Monmouth's Justin Robinson and Quinnipiac's Zaid Hearst.

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Rider walk-on Emerson Bursis gets his moment to shine

Rider's Emerson Bursis scored his first basket of the season against Marist. (Gregg Slaboda Photo)

Lawrenceville >> On a frigid January night Emerson Bursis was sitting in the empty lobby of Rider University’s Alumni Gymnasium 90 minutes after the host Broncs just lost to Monmouth. The national championship football game was on in the background with the volume muted when someone walked by and asked, “What are you still doing here?”

Bursis was working on a business law elective course he took over the winter break so he can finish his master’s degree in business administration this year and begin law school.

Bursis is also a member of Rider’s basketball team, which just won its 21st game Sunday afternoon and heads to next weekend’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rider' Matt Lopez out for season with torn ACL

Matt Lopez is out for the season with a torn ACL. (John Blaine Photo)

Rider now has a huge hole in the middle.

Starting center Matt Lopez has been ruled out for the season, opting to have surgery on a torn right ACL suffered in last Thursday's victory over Quinnipiac.

Head coach Kevin Baggett confirmed the news Thursday morning.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Rider's Lopez day to day after freak injury

Rider center Matt Lopez is day to day after injuring his right knee in a freak collision during Thursday night’s victory over Quinnipiac.

Lopez was running the floor on the fastbreak when he was hit low while leaping up to attempt a layup. The 7-foot center crashed to the floor as did two Bobcat players and appeared to get rolled up on before hitting the basket support.

Lopez had to be helped off the floor by teammates and was checked out by trainers. He could be seen riding the exercise bike and stretching his right leg before returning to the bench for the game’s final few minutes. 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Red-hot Rider poised to finish strong

Lawrenceville >> Kahlil Thomas had been out so long he was starting to get questions from his peers on campus about when he planned on returning.

After 13 games on the sideline because of a stress fracture in his left foot, Thomas returned for the Western New York trip, playing in a pair of Rider victories.

“People were always like, ‘We can’t wait for you to come back,’” Thomas said. “There was always a lot of that. I was going to make a shirt that said, ‘I don’t know, ask Jacquie (Henry). That’s my trainer.’”

The 6-foot-7 sophomore only played three minutes against Canisius in his first game action since Dec. 18 but was much better two days later, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in 17 minutes at Niagara.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rider sweeps Wester NY trip with win over Niagara

Jimmie Taylor scored 15 points, Teddy Okereafor added 13 and Rider swept the Western New York trip for the third time in five seasons with a 69-60 victory over Niagara on Sunday afternoon at the ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center.

The Broncs (18-9, 12-4) have won four straight and are 16-4 in their last 20 games.

Taylor and Matt Lopez (11 points, five rebounds) sparked a 20-4 run by combing for 14 of those points after Rider allowed Niagara to score the first five of the second half.
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Rider at Niagara: What to watch for


Who: Rider (17-9, 11-4) at Niagara (4-20, 3-12).

When: Sunday, 2 p.m., ‘Taps’ Gallagher Center, Lewiston, New York.

TV/ Radio: Time Warner Cable/ 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Canisius, 60-59; Niagara lost to Saint Peter’s, 77-65.

Background: The Broncs go for a fourth consecutive victory and a sweep of the Western New York trip when they tangle with the struggling Purple Eagles. Rider has won nine of the last 10 in the series.
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