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Saturday, February 4, 2012

GAMEDAY: Rider trying to put distance bewteen itself and bottom-four

Who: Niagara (9-15, 4-8) at Rider (9-15, 6-6)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium, 107.7 FM The Bronc.
Last time out: Rider lost to Loyola, 63-46; Niagara lost to Fairfield, 77-69.
Background: Coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, the Broncs will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the bottom-four of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Rider shot 30.6 percent (15 of 49) from the field, including 2 of 18 on 3-pointers in the defeat Friday at Loyola. The 46 points were its lowest output since scoring 40 in a loss to Fairfield during the 2003-04 season.

The Broncs, though, caught a break Friday night when Siena lost to St. Peter’s for the second time this season. They come into Sunday’s contest still in fifth place, one game ahead of the Saints and two in front of Niagara and St. Peter’s.

The Purple Eagles have lost four in a row.

Joe Mihalich’s team does, however, feature two explosive scorers. Freshman Juan’ya Green averages 17.2 points per game and backcourt mate Antoine Mason, a redshirt freshman who is the son of former NBA All-Star Anthony Mason, chips in 15.4 per game.

Rider swept the two games a year ago and has won four in a row and six of the last eight in the series.
Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Eddie Mitchell (Fr., 4.6 ppg), G-Jon Thompson (Jr., 7 ppg), F-Novar Gadson (Sr., 9.2 ppg), F-Brandon Penn (Sr., 12.4 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (So., 12.3 ppg).
Niagara: G-Juan’ya Green (Fr., 17.2 ppg), G-Antoine Mason (Fr., 15.4 ppg), G-Ameen Tanksley (Fr., 8.3 ppg), G-Malcolm Lemmons (So., 8.4 ppg), F-Scooter Gillette (Jr., 5 ppg).

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