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Welcome back to the Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog. Yes, we're still alive, and with the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, it's time to fire up the old blog for another season. Check back here throughout the year for updates on all things Rider and Princeton, including coverage of both the MAAC and Ivy League. Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @kj_franko ( or email

Monday, November 19, 2012

Game 4: Rider (2-1) at South Carolina (2-0)

Who: Rider (2-1) at South Carolina (2-0)

When: Monday, 7 p.m., Colonial Life Arena, FoxSports South/FoxSports Carolinas, 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last time out: Rider def. Monmouth, 65-62; South Carolina def. Morgan State, 87-71.

Background: The Broncs begin a four-game road trip with a chance to claim a BCS scalp against Frank Martin’s Gamecocks.

South Carolina is certainly there for the taking. Martin inherited a team that went 10-21 last season and 2-14 in the SEC. The two wins this season have come in overtime against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Morgan State.

One thing is for sure: If Rider turns the ball over like it did against Monmouth, it will have no chance on the road against an SEC team.

This is the second time the Broncs have gone up against Martin. While he was at Kansas State, his Wildcats beat Rider by 13 in the Old Spice Classic.

In the only previous meeting between the two clubs — during the 1982-83 season — the Broncs upset the Gamecocks, 63-56.

South Carolina is led by senior guard LaShay Page (19.5 ppg) and senior forward Lakeem Jackson (10 ppg, 7 rpg).

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 9.3 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 16.7 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 10.3 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 11.3 ppg), F-Junior Fortunat (So. 1.3 ppg).
South Carolina: G-LaShay Page (Sr. 19.5 ppg), G-Brenton Williams (Jr. 14 ppg), G-Eric Smith (Jr. 11.5 ppg), F-Lakeem Jackson (Sr. 10 ppg), F-RJ Slawson (Jr. 5 ppg).

Rider player to watch: When the Broncs step up in class, they need Junior Fortunat to give them a chance on the boards. The 6-foot-9 Canadian has been in foul trouble the last two games, rendering him ineffective since grabbing nine boards in the opener. If Fortunat continues to get in foul trouble, don’t be surprised if senior Dera Nd-Ezuma gets a start in the near future.

South Carolina player to watch: Page is the big scorer, but forward Jackson, who at 6-foot-5 and 235-pounds, could be a problem for the undersized Rider big men. Jackson is averaging a near double-double (10 ppg, 7 rpg) and his tenacity on the boards could present the Gamecocks with second-chance opportunities. 

Binghamton 62, St. Peter's 54: Congrats to Tommy Dempsey for his first win as Bearcats coach. Naturally, he beats a MAAC school to get it. Also, need to point out Jordan Reed, who attended the same high school — Wissahickon (Pa.) — as yours truly, had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Binghamton. So the Peacocks beat Rutgers and lost to Binghamton. Go figure.

Loyola 67, Albany 64: Erik Etherly had 23 points, Dylon Cormier made a clutch free throw and the Greyhounds are looking every bit the MAAC favorite, improving to 4-1.

Niagara 86, New Mexico St. 83: Purple Eagles rallied from 16-point halftime deficit to even record at 2-2.

San Diego 77, Siena 60: O.D. Anosike (19 points, 13 rebounds) collected his fifth double-double in as many games but the Saints fell to 2-3. Siena looks up-and-down early.


Blogger Yonkers said...

Wow, didn't realize the Full-Court Press was back, used to read in the Doody days then it went dormant after he left. Good to see a Rider-centric blog back.

November 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM 

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