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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Broncs try to snap three-game skid against lowly Canisius

Who: Canisius (4-14, 1-7) at Rider (6-14, 3-5)

When: Sunday, Alumni Gymnasium, 3 p.m., 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last time out: Rider lost to Iona, 91-71; Canisius lost to Niagara, 75-56.

Background: The Broncs are coming off a third consecutive defeat after falling by 20 to Iona Friday night.

Mike Glover had 21 points, Lamont Jones 20 and Scott Machado 11 and 15 assists as the Gaels pulled away late in the first half and never looked back.

The loss left Rider in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Broncs are even with Siena and St. Peter’s at 3-5.

The top six teams get a first-day bye in the conference tournament while teams 7-10 have to play on the opening night.

After facing last-place Canisius Sunday, Rider hosts St. Peter’s Thursday and Siena next Sunday.

The Broncs have 10 conference games remaining and play seven of those at home. They just finished a stretch of eight out of nine away from Alumni Gym, going 5-4.

Canisius has dropped two straight and five of its last six. The Griffs’ lone conference win came against Marist on Jan. 13.

Harold Washington is Canisius’ best player, ranking third in the MAAC in scoring with 17 points per game.

The Broncs and Griffs split last season’s meetings with each winning on the other’s home floor.

Gabby Belardo hit a last-second jumper to give Canisius a 67-65 victory for their first ever win at Alumni Gym. The Griffs are 1-13 all-time in Lawrenceville since Rider moved into Alumni Gym.

Danny Stewart is the Broncs’ top scorer, averaging 13 points per game. Jeff Jones (12.8 ppg) and Anthony Myles (9.8 ppg), who combined for 31 points in the loss at Iona, have given Tommy Dempsey some offensive punch off the bench.

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Eddie Mitchell (Fr., 4.5 ppg), G-Jon Thompson (Jr., 7.4 ppg), F-Novar Gadson (Sr., 8.5 ppg), F-Brandon Penn (Sr., 12.3 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (So., 13 ppg).

Canisius: G-Harold Washington (Jr., 17 ppg), G-Gabby Belardo (Jr., 10.5 ppg), G-Alshwan Hymes (Jr., 14.9 ppg), F-Chris Martinez (So., 7.8 ppg), F-Josiah Heath (Fr., 4.7 ppg).

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