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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Myles out for year but Penn ready to go

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Rider men’s basketball team suffered a blow this week when sophomore guard Anthony Myles was ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken left wrist.

Myles sustained the injury Saturday in the BracketBusters loss to Albany.

The injury comes at a bad time for the Dover, Del., native, who was playing his best basketball of the season. He scored a career-high 21 points in the loss to Iona and had eight in 10 minutes against Albany before the injury.

Coach Tommy Dempsey said it will likely be 6-8 weeks before he can start doing basketball activity again.

“He’ll be able to shut it down for a little while and get healthy,” Dempsey said.

Penn OK for Friday

Senior forward Brandon Penn sat out Saturday’s loss to Albany after hyper-extending his knee against Iona.

Penn said Wednesday after practice that he felt fine and will play Friday night when the Broncs host Loyola in a nationally televised game (7 p.m., ESPN2).

“It got stiff on me,” Penn said. “I just rested up the last game and it’s pretty good to go now.”

Penn’s been the team’s most consistent performer this season. He’s second in both points (12.5) and rebounds (6.7) per game.
“We have a lot of guys banged up, but most teams probably do,” Dempsey said. “Brandon’s going to be good to go. The fact that he was able to get back out here for practice is a good sign.”

The Greyhounds (20-7, 12-4) won the first meeting, 63-46, and both teams have a lot riding on Friday’s game.

With a win the Broncs (11-18, 8-8) can finish no worse than sixth. Loyola is still chasing a regular-season championship and is one game behind leaders Iona.

Rider scored 12 points, shooting 3 of 23, in the first half when the teams met on Feb. 3.

The Broncs are trying to snap a four-game losing streak.

“We’re going to play like it’s a tournament game,” Penn said. “We have too. We haven’t won in a while so this is going to be a big game for us. It would be a quality win for us.”

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