Breaking down tomorrow's game at the Zoo, the loser of which will be stuck in the play-in round next Friday in Albany:
SCOUTING CANISIUS: The Golden Griffins, winners of two straight for the first time since December, can knock Rider into the play-in round for the first time since 2006-07 with a win. ... Senior guard Frank Turner (16.5 points, 5.5 assists) is a first-team all-MAAC candidate, though he scored only 10 points in a win Friday at Loyola. ... Julius Coles (14.4 points, 35 pct 3-point shooting) is a threat from the perimeter but is averaging only 10.3 points over his last five games. ... Greg Logins, 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, is a low-post presence who’s also shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. He’s scored 15 points in each of his last two games, bringing his scoring average up to 10 per game. ... Elton Frazier (8.1 points) scored 11 points Friday — the first time in six games that he’s reached double figures. ... Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (6.5 points) had just one point in 22 minutes Friday.
SCOUTING RIDER: Ryan Thompson, playing the final home game of a storied career, had just 10 points Friday against Siena after averaging 27 points over his previous four games. ... Novar Gadson has emerged as the Broncs’ second most dangerous threat. The sophomore followed a 16-point performance against Hofstra with a career-high 25-point showing Friday, when he hit 10 of 17 field goal attempts and had a team-high 10 rebounds off the bench. ... Justin Robinson (12.9 points) is shooting 43 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line. ... Mike Ringgold (10.8 points) has ranged this year from dominant to nearly invisible. ... Brandon Penn, playing well since entering the starting lineup, had eight points Friday in 17 minutes. ... Jhamar Youngblood (7.6 points) has reached double figures just twice in his last 11 games.