Happy New Year for Rider; Broncs get first MAAC win by knocking off Manhattan
The Broncs waited until the New Year, but finally came to life with an 88-77 victory over Manhattan Monday night at Draddy Gymnasium.
Novar Gadson scored a season-high 21 points and Rider (4-11, 1-2) built a 22-point first half lead.
The Broncs shot 58 percent (29 for 50) for the game and connected on 12 of their 22 attempts from behind the arc.
Danny Stewart added 15 points and Brandon Penn chipped in 12. Penn also hauled in 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double.
Gadson, who has been fighting sore knees all season, returned to the starting lineup and repaid coach Tommy Dempsey with his best performance to date.
The senior got his 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting and hit on both of his 3-point attempts. He also got to the free throw line seven times, making all seven shots.
Manhattan (9-6, 2-1) got 19 points from Kidani Brutus and 13 from George Beamon.
The Jaspers, who have already eclipsed their six wins from a year ago, were one of the surprise teams in the MAAC after winning their opening two league games, including a 71-55 triumph over Rider in Lawrenceville. But they struggled early Monday night and even after Brutus scored nine points during a 20-7 run to cut the Bronc lead to 80-71 with 4:06 left there wasn’t enough time to get any closer.
Rider will again look to avoid a season sweep when it hosts Marist Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Red Foxes improved to 7-7 and 2-1 in the MAAC after beating Saint Peter’s (2-12, 1-2) 71-67 Monday night. Niagara (6-9, 1-2) also upset Loyola (9-4, 2-1), 66-61 in the night’s other game.