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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, January 23, 2015

Iona figuring out how to cope without Williams

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett peaked at the stat sheet and admitted what everybody already knew: He had no idea who Vangelis Bebis was.

Bebis contributed 16 points, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc to help Iona down Rider, 78-68, in a battle for first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

You wouldn't blame Baggett for not knowing.

Bebis, a freshman from Athens, Greece, hadn't scored more than six points in a game all year or played more than 11 minutes in any contest.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Okereafor bounces back, more MAAC leftovers

Teddy Okereafor scored 16 points and had six steals in win over Manhattan. (Jackie Schear Photo)

Some extra thought from Rider's 82-79 overtime victory over Manhattan on Sunday. With the win, the Broncs improved to 12-7 overall and 6-2 in the MAAC, meaning they are in a three-way tie with Iona and Monmouth for first. Rider has lost to both so it needs to beat the Gaels Thursday at Alumni Gymnasium.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rider needs Okereafor to re-find confidence

Teddy Okereafor made some key plays against Quinnipiac. (John Blaine Photo)

If Teddy Okereafor has been suffering from a crisis of confidence of late, head coach Kevin Baggett is hopeful some of the crucial plays he made helping secure victory at Quinnipiac will help him snap out of it.

Okereafor, a junior guard in his first season at Rider after transferring from VCU and sitting out last year, got off to a hot start, but has cooled off considerably since posting 21 points in a win over Morgan State on Dec. 18.

In the six games since, Okereafor has reached double figures just once and is shooting 24.5 percent (13 for 53) during that span.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

What to watch for: Rider at Quinnipiac

Who: Rider (10-7, 4-2) at Quinnipiac (8-7, 2-4).

When: Thursday, 8 p.m., TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Connecticut.

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Monmouth, 55-54; Quinnipiac def. Marist, 66-54.

Background: Coming off a loss in which the Broncs allowed Monmouth to steal the game, they now face a difficult three-game stretch beginning with Thursday night’s visit to Quinnipiac. The Bobcats have won two straight following an 0-4 start in the league.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Princeton's Koon to graduate, play elsewhere next season

Denton Koon will leave Princeton after graduating in the spring. (John Blaine Photo)

By Nick Peruffo

Former Princeton forward Denton Koon, who officially elected to forgo the remainder of this season do to injury at the end of December, will graduate from the university this spring and look to use his final season of eligibility at another school, The Trentonian learned Monday.

“As I continue to fully recover I will begin pursuing opportunities elsewhere with support from the coaching staff here at Princeton,” Koon said via email. “I have enjoyed every second of my time as a member of the Princeton Basketball program and of course I will always consider myself a Tiger.”

Recurring knee injuries, which limited him to just 18 games last season, hampered Koon’s Princeton career. The Tigers were confident that he’d be able to come back this year, but he was reinjured during the preseason.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rider, Monmouth atop MAAC standings for early showdown

Matt Lopez leads Rider in scoring and rebounding. (Gregg Slaboda Photo)

Lawrenceville >> With a quarter of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule played, Rider and Monmouth are in a position most didn’t expect them to be.

That would be at the top of the standings.

All of a sudden Monday night’s clash at Alumni Gymnasium (7 p.m, 107.7 FM The Bronc), while still relatively early in the league fixtures, has a big-game feel.
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Friday, January 9, 2015

What to watch for: Saint Peter's at Rider

Who: Saint Peter’s (8-8, 2-3) at Rider (9-6, 3-1).

When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Fairfield, 62-46; SPU lost to Manhattan, 68-63.

Background: After playing four of its last five games away from home, Rider finally returns to Alumni Gymnasium in good position to make a run at the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. The Broncs host a pair of in-state foes beginning Saturday against the Jersey City-based Peacocks. A victory would be Rider’s sixth straight.
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