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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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Okereafor's big night lifts Rider past Lehigh in home opener

LAWRENCEVILLE >> Teddy Okereafor noticed that Lehigh players were going underneath the ball screens, leaving him open for 3-point shots. So he did what coach Kevin Baggett encourages him to do.

He pulled the trigger.

Okereafor scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, including 10 in the final 3:55 and Rider held off Lehigh, 78-74, on Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium in its home opener.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Game 3: Lehigh at Rider

Who: Lehigh (0-2) at Rider (1-1).

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium.

TV/Radio: None/107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Penn, 73-57; Lehigh lost to Canisius, 63-51.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rider/Penn leftovers: Khalil Alford provides boost off bench

Khalil Alford can be a spark off the bench. (John Blaine photo)

Some leftover thoughts from Rider's 73-57 victory over Penn, which evened the Broncs' record at 1-1 following an opening-nigh loss to Princeton.

1. Khalil Alford can be instant offense: The junior forward came off the bench to score 10 points, eight of which came consecutively in the first half with Rider leading 21-20. They helped spark a 19-3 run that gave the Broncs a 17-point cushion.
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Rider rips Penn to even record

Zedric Sadler had a career-high 23 points. (John Blaine Photo)

Philadelphia >> Rarely would you consider the second game of the season a must-win, but contemplating what’s on tap, it’s hard to blame Rider for feeling that way.

Coming off an opening-night loss, the Broncs continued their tour of Ivy League campuses, only this time picking up an important early victory, 73-57, over Penn Tuesday night at the Palestra.

What made Game No. 2 so important?

Rider plays its home opener Friday against Lehigh, which already pushed nationally-ranked Villanova before partaking in the Orlando Classic, featuring glamour games against Kansas, Michigan State and either Georgia Tech or Marquette in the same week.

A loss Tuesday night to a Quakers side picked to finish near the bottom of the eight-team Ivy League could have met a huge hole for Kevin Baggett’s club.

Instead, the Broncs come back to Lawrenceville with an even record.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rider/Princeton leftovers

Pete Miller shoots over Zedric Sadler. (Gregg Slaboda Photo)

Five leftovers from Princeton's 64-58 win over Rider Friday night in the season opener for both.

1. Shaka Smart and VCU's loss may just be Rider's gain: Teddy Okereafor looked great in his Broncs debut, scoring 16 points while dishing out four assists with just one turnover.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rider at Princeton Gameday

Who: Rider Broncs (0-0) at Princeton Tigers (0-0).

When/Where: 7 p.m., Friday, Jadwin Gym.

Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, Ivy League Digital Network; 107.7 FM The Bronc
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No hiding for Rider's Lopez now that he's back on floor

Rider's Matt Lopez. (Neil Davis Photo)

By Kyle Franko
kfranko@trentonian.com
@kj_franko on Twitter

Lawrenceville >> Over the last four years, Matt Lopez has experienced so many letdowns, he’s frankly tired of talking about them.

Because on Friday, he’ll be right where he wants to be when Rider takes the floor for its season opener against Princeton.

It’s been an arduous journey for Lopez, a 7-foot center, since starring at Washington Township High and then embarking on a college career.
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