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Welcome back to the Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog. Yes, we're still alive, and with the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, it's time to fire up the old blog for another season. Check back here throughout the year for updates on all things Rider and Princeton, including coverage of both the MAAC and Ivy League. Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @kj_franko ( or email

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rider ready for home opener against Fairfield

Rider senior forward Kahlil Thomas. (John Blaine Photo)

Spend a full month on the road and you can find out something about your team.

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett uses the word resilient to describe his group five games into the season, all of which have been played away from home.

“We’ve been in every game,” Baggett said. “Even when we got blown out (in) the first half at Fordham, we found a way to come back in the second half. I think we’re going to continue to get better and learn from all of the things we’re going through now to be a good team when it’s all said and done.”

Considering the circumstances, the Broncs are in pretty good shape, sitting at 3-2 after their November road show. They finally get to play in front of what should be a boisterous Alumni Gymnasium crowd when they open both the home and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate on Thursday night against the Fairfield (7 p.m., 107.7 FM The Bronc).

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What To Watch For: MAAC Tournament

Here are some things to watch at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament that gets underway on Thursday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

New approach pays off for Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson guided Fairfield to 18 wins this season, 11 more than last year. (John Blaine Photo)

Something had to change.

Fairfield had just finished a 7-24 season with a 63-33 loss to Saint Peter’s in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and Sydney Johnson’s Stags were the laughingstock of the league, scoring nine seven points in the first half of that debacle.

If Johnson was going to keep his job, the style had to change.

And change drastically.
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Teddy Okereafor, Kahlil Thomas named 3rd Team All-MAAC

Kahlil Thomas had 11 double-doubles this season and earned third team All-MAAC honors. (John Blaine Photo)

The Rider duo of Teddy Okereafor and Kahlil Thomas were both honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Monday, earning third team recognition.

Okereafor, a graduate student, leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game. He also ranks fourth in the MAAC in minutes played and fifth in assists. 

Thomas has had a breakout junior campaign, averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The 6-7 forward led the league in field goal percentage (58.6 percent) and compiled 11 double-doubles in the final 20 games of the season.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Princeton Weekend: vs. Columbia; vs. Cornell

Who: Columbia (19-8, 8-2); Cornell (9-15, 2-8) at Princeton (18-5, 8-1)

When: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m., Jadwin Gym

TV/Radio: Columbia —American Sports Network/ WPRB 103.3 FM; Cornell —WPRB 103.3 FM

Previous Meeting: Princeton swept the New York weekend two weeks ago, coming from behind to beat Columbia in overtime in the Saturday game. 
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Rider Gameday: at Monmouth

Who: Rider (11-18, 7-11) at Monmouth (23-6, 15-3)

When: Friday, 9 p.m., Multipurpose Activities Center, West Long Branch

TV/Radio: ESPN2/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Marist, 71-58; Monmouth def. Saint Peter’s, 92-85 in overtime

Previous Meeting: You know what happened. Rider let a 14-point lead with four minutes remaining slip as Monmouth won, 79-78, by scoring 17 of the game’s final 19 points.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Princeton Gameday: vs. Yale

Who: Yale (17-5, 8-0) at Princeton (16-5, 6-1)

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

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Columiba, 88-83 in overtime; Yale def. Harvard, 67-55.

Series This Year: Yale held off a Princeton comeback in the first meeting, winning, 79-75 in New Haven.

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