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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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rider bests Morgan State to reach .500

Teddy Okereafor had 21 points. Jackie Schear Photo

Lawrenceville >> Kevin Baggett was posed the question of whether he would have signed up for a .500 record with one game left in 2014.

“I’m certainly signing up for it with the schedule we had,” Baggett said after Rider beat Morgan State, 62-48, Thursday night at Alumni Gymnasium and evened its record at 6-6. “There’s a couple games I’d like to have back, but being at 6-6 with the schedule we played, I’m certainly happy.”

The Broncs have one game left before the calendar turns to 2015 — at Wagner on the 29th — and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play takes up the remainder of the schedule.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (3-8) vs Lipscomb Bison(4-6) 

When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday, Jadwin Gym

Probable Starters

Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 13.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 13 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.4 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 8.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.1 APG),  F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 10.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.1 APG)

Lipscomb: C Chad Lang (6-11, Sr., 4 PPG, 2.5 RPG), F Malcolm Smith (6-5, Sr., 13.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Talbott Denny (6-6, Jr., 4.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1 APG), G Josh Williams (6-5, Soph., 15 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 APG), G Nathan Moran (5-9, Fr., 9.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.9 APG)

Last time out: The Tigers nearly scored a signature win last Saturday at Cal, leading the Bears by as many as 11 points. The Princeton offense, however, ground to a halt in the second half, particularly during a 10-minute stretch where the Tigers were outscored 13-0. The Bears would go on to win 67-57.

Looking at Lipscomb: On paper, the Tigers look like the favorites against the Bison. rates the Atlantic Sun squad as the 223rd best team in the nation (Princeton clocks in at 194) and gives the Tigers a 70 percent chance to win the game. The Bison have not beaten a team with a rating better than 275, with two of their wins coming against sub-DI teams. Opponents are averaging 77.5 points per game against them, and they have only allowed fewer than 60 points once all season.

Looking ahead: After their game against Lipscomb, the Tigers will only have three more DI non-conference games on their schedule. They’ll host Liberty on Monday, then travel to Wake Forest Dec. 31 before hosting Norfolk State Jan. 6. They’ll open Ivy League playe at home against Penn Jan. 10.

Rider's Kahlil Thomas on verge of signature game

Kahlil Thomas is coming off a strong game in win over Hartford. (Photo by John Blaine)

Lawrenceville >> Kahlil Thomas is ready to break through.

Rider’s sophomore forward hasn’t had that take-notice game yet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t close.

Thomas put in his best shift of the season in Saturday’s win against Hartford, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds, leaving him just short of the double-double that alludes him.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rider holds off Hartford

Teddy Okereafor's didn't have his best shooting night, but his second made basket of the night was enough to give Rider a road victory over Hartford.

Okereafor's jumper with 10 seconds left lifted the Broncs to a 63-61 win over the Hawks Saturday night at Chase Family Arena.

Okereafor finished 2 of 8 from the floor for just four points.

Hartford's John Carroll went to the free throw line with 2.8 seconds remaining and a chance to tie, but failed on his first attempt. He missed the second on purpose but Rider batted the ball out of bounds on the ensuing scramble, giving the Hawks one more chance, but they mishandled the inbound pass.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (3-6) at St. Peter’s Peacocks (3-6)
When/Where: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Yanitelli Center, Jersey City
Projected Starters
Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 14.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.2 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 12.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.7 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.8 PPG, 3 RPG, 1.4 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 8.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG), F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 11 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2 APG)
St. Peters: C Quadir Welton (6-8, Soph., 7.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG), F Marvin Dominique (6-7, Sr., 15.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG), F Tyler Gaskins (6-4, Sr., 7.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.2 APG), G Jamel Fields (6-2, Sr., 3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG), G Trevis Wyche (6-1, Soph., 7.1 PPG, 2 RPG, 4 APG)
Washington watch: The Peacocks could get a significant boost Wednesday with the possible return of senior guard Desi Washington, who injured his hand in their season-opening loss to Brown. Last season, Washington was second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game.
“There's a good chance he might practice (Monday) and be in the lineup on Wednesday,” said St. Peter’s coach John Dunne on Monday. “That's not a guarantee, but it's possible. He's been doing some shooting and ball handling.”
Inside the numbers: According to Ken Pomeroy’s statistical analysis, the Peacocks will be a slight favorite against the Tigers with a 64 percent change to win the game. Though St. Peter’s has struggled to score the ball, managing just 59.6 points per contest (316th in Division I) it has been much better on the defensive end, allowing 58.7 (43rd in DI).
Thanks, but no thanks: Coach Mitch Henderson had an amusing anecdote after Saturday’s win against Stony Brook, involving the Tigers’ 64-57 loss to Drexel back in 2012. Both teams had high expectations that year but had struggled early, with Princeton 3-4 and Drexel 2-6 coming into the game. According to Henderson, Dragons coach Bruiser Flint came up to him after the game and thanked him for the much-needed win.
“I just wanted to, like, push him,” Henderson deadpanned, concluding the story by saying the win over the Seawolves made him appreciate where Flint was coming from.

Rider going for 2-0 MAAC start at Iona

Who: Rider (4-5, 1-0) at Iona (4-3, 0-1).

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Hynes Athletic Center, New Rochelle, New York.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Siena, 80-68; Iona lost to Monmouth, 92-89.

Background: The Broncs go for a 2-0 start in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against preseason favorite Iona, which was dealt a surprise defeat by Monmouth in its league opener. Rider has lost four of its last five trips to New Rochelle.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

MAAC notebook: Siena's depth tested; Washington injury update; Early league results

Rider's Matt Lopez hauls in a rebound against Siena. Gregg Slaboda Photo.

Since he's not coaching in the NBA, Jimmy Patsos can't sign a free agent to assist his depleted frontcourt.

Having already lost Imoh Silas before the season, the Saints suffered another blow when starting forward Brett Bisping dislocated his toe in Friday's victory over Quinnipiac. Patsos said on Monday's conference call he doesn't expect Bisping, who was averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, back until mid-January and that was being hopeful.

In the meantime, he'll have to make do with sophomore Javion Ogunyemi and freshman Willem Brandwijk.

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