Rutgers-Rider open post
The crowd is starting to fill up, and there's considerably more scarlet attire than cranberry attire, as one might expect.
Rider is a two-point favorite to win its second straight in the Central Jersey rivalry after losing the first 12.
Starting lineups are as follows:
Rutgers: Mike Coburn, Corey Chandler, Mike Rosario, JR Inman and Gregory Echenique
Rider: Justin Robinson, Harris Mansell, Ryan Thompson, Novar Gadson, Mike Ringgold
Update, 7:35: Mike Ringgold's putback made it 23-18 Rider with 5:46 left in the first half. We've got a pretty good crowd on hand that might be close to 4,000. Harris Mansell has hit two 3s from the left wing in the past two minutes to build Rider's lead.
Update, 7:39: Lamar Johnson's 3 from the left wing made it 30-20 Broncs with 3:18 left in the half. Mike Rosario, though, answered with a of his own to make it 30-23 and JR Inman followed with a layup that made it 32-25. Rider answered again with a Ryan Thompson dunk that made it 32-25 with 2:11 left in the half.
Update, 7:48: Rider leads 36-28 at the half.
Mike Ringgold's layup stretched the Broncs' lead to nine with 1:01 left, Rosario hit yet another 3 to bring it back to six, but Ringgold came back with another layup in traffic to stretch it back to eight at 36-28. Mike Cobburn had the ball with about 5 seconds left when a buzzer inadvertantly went off, creating some confusion, but despite Fred Hill's complainsts, the officials didn't put any time back on the clock.
Update, 8:15: Seven minutes in, and it's still Rider by 8 after a Novar Gadson jumper made it 48-40.
Update, 8:21: Anthony Farmer hit a 3 from the left corner, bringing Rutgers to within 52-48 with 9:26 left in the game.
Update, 8:25: We've got a good one. Mike Rosario's free throw made it 52-40 with 8:48 left, and after both teams failed to score in transition, that's the score at the under-8 media timeout, with 7:37 left.
Update, 8:32: Mike Ringgold is the worst free throw shooter in the country. He has no outside game. He can't handle the ball. He's not a superb passer. But man, can the guy get to the basket?? He just blew past Gregory Echenique on the baseline for a layup that drew ooohs and aahs from the Rider fans in attendance and made it 54-53 Broncs with 5:19 left.
Update, 8:40: Ryan Thompson hit a baseline fadeaway jumper over JR Inman, and with 2:06 left Rider leads 60-57.
Update, 8:44: Earl Pettis' 3 put Rutgers ahead 63-60, but Mike Ringgold's emphatic dunk made it 63-62.
Update, 8:49: Final score: Rutgers 66, Rider 62. More later.