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
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
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
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.
AROUND THE MAAC
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.
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.