Game 7: Rider (3-3) vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2-3)
When: 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Puerto Vallarta Convention Center, 107.7 FM The Bronc
Last time out: Rider def. Jacksonville, 86-71; UW Milwaukee lost to Jacksonville, 71-66.
Background: The Broncs go for a split in the Hoops for Hope Classic against the Panthers.
Rider snapped a two-game skid with a victory over Jacksonville in its first game in Mexico. Anthony Myles set a career high with 23 points.
Milwaukee, picked to finish sixth in the nine-team Horizon League, also lost its first two games of the Hoops for Hope Classic. The Panthers fell to South Carolina in overtime and then dropped a 16-point decision at Arkansas-Little Rock.
All five of Milwaukee's projected starters are transfers. Junior guard Jordan Aaron is the team's leading scorer, averaging 19 points per game on 43 percent shooting.
If the Broncs can sweep their two games south of the border, they would come home 4-3, heading into the toughest portion of the non-conference schedule.
Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 11.7 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 16.7 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 14.3 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 8.7 ppg), F-Junior Fortunat (So. 2.8 ppg).
UW Milwuakee: G-Jordan Aaron (Jr. 19 ppg), G-Thierno Niang (Jr. 7ppg), F-Demetrius Harris (Sr. 11 ppg), F-James Haarsma (Sr. 5.5 ppg), F-Christian Wolf (Sr. 2.8 ppg).
Rider player to watch: Keep an eye on Thompson. He had 18 points in the win over Jacksonville only to be overshadowed by Myles' career high. Thompson, Myles and Nurideen Lindsey give the Broncs a dynamic backcourt. If all three are clicking, Rider is going to score a lot of points.
UW Milwaukee player to watch: At 6-foot-7, 230-pounds, Harris could cause the Broncs trouble in the paint. And Harris lives on the block — he's only attempted one 3-pointer this season. His matchup against Stewart is a key to the game.