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Saturday, February 18, 2012

GAMEDAY: Broncs visit Albany in BracketBusters

Who: Rider (11-17, 8-8 MAAC) at Albany (16-13, 8-7 America East)

When: Saturday, SEFCU Arena, 7 p.m., 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last time out: Rider lost to Iona, 75-62; Albany lost to Vermont, 50-47.

Background: Rider has won three of its last four BracketBuster games and is 3-3 overall in the annual mid-major showcase.

The Broncs travel to New York's capital city Saturday to face Albany, who is 9-3 at home despite losing three straight at SEFCU Arena.

Junior guard Gerardo Suero, who's 22 points per game rank fifth in the nation, missed the Great Danes' loss to Vermont with shingles. Albany's second leading scorer, junior guard Logan Aronhalt, played through a knee injury against the Catamounts but was ineffective in nine minutes.

The Danes have lost four of their last five.

Albany does not have a senior on its roster.

Rider is coming off a 13-point loss to Iona. The Broncs, who have dropped two straight, led by five at halftime but went 9 minutes, 53 seconds between field goals at the start of the second half.

Seniors Novar Gadson (violation of team rules) and Jeff Jones (norovirus) both missed the game. Gadson should feature Saturday while Jones is questionable.

Sophomore guard Anthony Myles scored a career-high 21 points in the loss to Iona.

Rider's 17 losses are the most under Dempsey since the team lost 20 in 2005-06, the year he was interim coach.

This is the first meeting between the schools, although, the Broncs are familiar with the area since Albany's city-rival, Siena, plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The MAAC went 9-1 in BracketBuster games last season.

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Jr., 7.1 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (So., 10.2 ppg), F-Novar Gadson (Sr., 10.2 ppg), F-Brandon Penn (Sr., 12.5 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (So., 11.7 ppg).  Albany: G-Mike Black (Jr., 13 ppg), G-Gerardo Suero (Jr., 22 ppg), G-Logan Aronhalt (Jr., 14.6 ppg), F-Luke Devlin (So., 6 ppg), C-Blake Mercalf (Jr., 4.8 ppg).

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