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Friday, February 5, 2010

Loyola 80, Rider 73

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Early on, this looked like the continuation of a trend -- Rider finding open shots and hitting them with the consistency the Broncs have lacked for most of the year.

Yet the Broncs, riding a three-game winning streak heading into last night's game against Loyola, went cold quickly. A game that Rider hoped would turn into a track meet settled down, and in the end result was familiar.

In an 80-73 loss before 1,550, Rider fell apart late. The Broncs shot 49 percent from the floor in the first half but 28 percent in the second. They led 15-4 early and 45-43 at the break, only to watch as the Greyhounds hit clutch shot after clutch shot down the stretch.

Loyola (11-12 overall, 4-9 MAAC) has fared poorly against the rest of the MAAC but extremely well against Rider (13-12, 6-7). The Greyhounds completed a season sweep of the Broncs and have won eight of the last 10 games in the series.

Justin Robinson scored 19 points to lead all scorers. The Broncs also got 14 from Ryan Thompson, 11 from Brandon Penn and 10 apiece from Novar Gadson and Mike Ringgold.

Thompson, though never found a rhythm. Playing with a heavy heart the day after attending his cousin's funeral, he finished 3-for-15 from the floor in 37 minutes.

Gadson, talented but often erratic, scored all 10 of his points in the first half. He finished 3-for-11 from the floor, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range.

Brett Harvey scored 15 points and J'hared Hall 14 for the Greyhounds, who got standout guard Jamal Barney back after a five-game absence attributed to personal issues. Shane Walker had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Brian Rudolph 12 points and three steals.

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