Broncs banged up
There is, though, news from Rider: The Broncs will be without starting point guard Justin Robinson for about a month because of a knee injury he sustained in practice earlier in the week, and freshman power forward Jermaine Jackson will also miss Saturday's exhibition game against East Strousburg with a knee injury that coach Tommy Dempsey said is less severe.
Jackson has been experiencing soreness and will have an MRI tomorrow. Dempsey said he could probably play Saturday, but there's no point risking anything in an exhibition game. The Broncs will also be without freshman forward Brandon Penn, who is suspended for the game for a violation of team rules that took place in September, and senior guard Lamar Johnson, who has a concussion.
Rider, therefore, will be extremely shorthanded Saturday against an East Strousburg team that presses for most of the game.
With Robinson out, Matt Griffin will start at point guard, along with Harris Mansell, Ryan Thompson, freshman Novar Gadson and Mike Ringgold. If Jackson's knee injury turns out to be more severe than the Broncs think it is, that will almost definitely be the starting five for the Nov. 14 opener against Saint Joseph's. If Jackson is back, you could see a bigger lineup with Thompson at the point and Jackson, who at 6-8 is the tallest guy on the roster, playing in the low post alongside Ringgold.
Saturday's paper will have a story on Ringgold, who has been shooting 200 free throws a day, trying to get up toward 50 percent from the line after shooting a dreadful 32 percent last year.
Fairfield and Bridgeport are underway at the Arena at Harbor Yard, and The Mirror sports blog has live coverage.