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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rider-Lafayette at a glance


WHEN: Sunday, 4 p.m.

WHERE: Alumni Gym

ON THE AIR: Radio: 107.7 FM, (Steve Rudenstein and Kevin Bannon); TV: ESPN Full-Court,, RCN Cable Network.

RECORDS: Both teams are 0-1

SERIES: Lafayette leads 39-36

LAST MEETING: Rider won 84-77 on Nov. 23, 2008 in Easton, Pa.

The Leopards, picked second in the preseason Patriot League coaches' poll, lost their season opener 63-58 Friday at Wagner. ... Jared Mintz, a 6-9 senior forward who averaged 14.1 points per game last year, had 23 points and seven rebounds in Friday's loss. ... Six-8 junior forward Ryan Willen (12.2 ppg last year) had 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting Friday. ...Six-3 junior guard Jim Mower (13.3 ppg last year) had 10 points Friday. ... Tony Johnson, a 6-foot sophomore guard, had eight points and three assists, while fellow guard Ben Wheeler had five points and four rebounds. ... The Leopards got virtually no production Friday from their bench -- an indication that Rider's reserves could have a major advantage Sunday. Guard Rob Delany, with one point in 19 minutes, was the only Lafayette reserve who scored. ... Forward Levi Giese and guard Nick Petrovich played 18 and 14 minutes, respectively, but neither scored.

The Broncs looked like a Big East team in the first half Friday at UMass and an NJAC team in the second. Rider built a 22-point lead with aggressive ball-movement and lights-out 3-point shooting, then let it slip away with passive offense and sometimes lackluster defense. ... Mike Ringgold led the Broncs Friday with 21 points and nine rebounds, all but two of the rebounds coming in the first half. ... Novar Gadson had 13 points off the bench on 3-for-3 3-point shooting, while Justin Robinson scored 12 points but was largely contained in the second half by UMass freshman point guard Daryl Traynham. ... Rider's three freshmen -- forward Danny Stewart and guards Anthony Myles and Tommy Pereira -- combined for only six points in 36 minutes. Stewart, one of Rider's starting power forwards, had no points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. ... Brandon Penn started but played only 14 minutes, finishing with five points on 1-for-5 shooting.


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