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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Game 11: Fairfield (4-5, 0-1) at Rider (6-4, 1-0)

Who: Fairfield (4-5, 0-1) at Rider (6-4, 1-0)

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, Alumni Gymnasium, 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last time out: Rider def. Siena, 62-56; Fairfield lost to Canisius, 67-55

Background: The Broncs look to open 2-0 in the MAAC if they can get by the Stags.

Fairfield is coached by former Princeton boss, Sydney Johnson, who just received an contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2018-19 season.

He led the Stags to the championship game of the MAAC tournament in his first season. 

Rider is trying to extend its winning streak to three.


The Broncs are coming off a road win at Siena, in which Anthony Myles and Jon Thompson combined for 32 points. Myles scored 18 points, passing Nurideen Lindsey as squad’s leading scorer.

The teams split the season series a year ago, each winning on its home court.

Fairfield lost leading scorer Rakim Sanders (graduation) but returns preseason all-MAAC first-team selection Derek Needham. The senior guard missed the second meeting between the teams last season with a broken foot.

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 10.9 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 13.7 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 13.9 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 10.2 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (Sr. 2.3 ppg). 
Fairfield: G-Derek Needham (Sr. 14.2 ppg), G-Desmond Wade (Sr. 6.8 ppg), F-Marcus Gilbert (Fr. 5.6 ppg), F-Amadou Sidibe (Fr. 5.9 ppg), F-Keith Matthews (Jr. 8.3 ppg).
 
Rider player to watch: Go with the red-hot Myles, who is having a breakthrough season.

“We’re very versatile,” Myles said after the win over Siena. “Almost everybody is capable of shooting a jump shot and coach has instilled that confidence in us — if we’re open, shoot the ball.”
 
Fairfield player to watch: Needham is the Stags’ best player and only one scoring double figures. Coming off a loss to Canisius, Fairfield won’t want to start 0-2 in the league and will look to Needham for big baskets.

AROUND THE MAAC
Rutgers 81, Iona 73: Gaels rallied from 22 down but came up short. Scarlet Knights avoided going 0-2 against the MAAC. Still have Rider after Christmas.

Loyola 61, St. Peter's 55: Greyhounds, still without preseason POY Erik Etherly (shoulder), didn't want 0-2 start in the league.

Buffalo 77, Niagara 67: The purple Kool Aid tasted so good at the beginning of the year. At 3-6,  not so much.

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