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Friday, December 28, 2007

Broncs get burned

Tough loss last night for Rider, which blew a 10-point second half lead and lost to Drexel.

Here's a link to the game story in today's Trentonian. There's also a notebook in the print edition.

Tommy Dempsey said after the game that despite being unhappy about the way the Broncs failed to rebound in the second half, he thought they played well, and that the result was what it was more because Drexel played well than because Rider played poorly.

I think for the most part, he's right. Tramayne Hawthorne and Gerald Colds combined to make two 3-pointers in the first half and seven in the second half. Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said he thought the looks they got were exactly the same in both halves, but that the shots fell in the second half when they didn't in the first.

Flint also said he thinks this year's Rider team is better than the one that beat Drexel last year in Lawrenceville, handing them a loss that may have cost them an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when Rider returns to MAAC play on Jan. 4 against Marist. They then host Canisius -- who they've already beaten this season -- two days later.

Marist, which plays St. John's tonight, isn't nearly the same team it was last year, when MAAC Player of the Year Jared Jordan led it to the MAAC regular season title and a win over Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT. But the Red Foxes are well-coached and never easy to play.

What do you guys think?


Anonymous Jersey Joe Walcott said...

Topic for discussion - Charles Smith or Jason Thompson - who's a better ball player? Slight edge in raw talent to JT, big edge in court presence to JT, bigger edge in character to JT. BUT Smith went to the Dance, so does Thompson have to lift the Broncs to the NCAAs to secure his legacy?

December 28, 2007 at 5:52 PM 

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