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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Morning Run — Game 10: Rider 62, Siena 56

Quick reaction: Rider led almost the entire way and withstood a late push by Siena, winning its MAAC opener for the first time in three years. The Broncs (6-4, 1-0) out-rebounded the Saints (2-8, 0-1) on the offensive glass, 12-5. That allowed Rider to score19 second-chance points — the difference in the contest.

Stud of the game: Anthony Myles continues to have a breakout season. The junior scored 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Coach Kevin Baggett asked him to do more than stand on the perimeter and shoot 3-pointers and Myles has responded.

He's attacking the basket and taking open shots when available. He's also chipping in on the boards, grabbing six last night.

Jon Thompson also had a solid night, contributing 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists.


Dud of the game: Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro can't quite figure out the right combination. Last night he blew through his timeouts Andy Reid-style and couldn't stop the clock in the final 3-and-half minutes.

The Saints are doing the little things add up to losses — turnovers, missing open shots, getting beat on the offensive boards — and if Buonaguro doesn't get it turned around he's going to have a tough time keeping his job.

The natives are restless and already have him on the hot seat.

— Thanks to my colleague, Andrew Santillo, at our sister paper, the Troy Record, for chipping in with a recap of Rider's win over Siena. Read his story here

— Also, take a look at my story on the Rider baseball team welcoming 10-year-old Raymond Key into its family. Key is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Read it here.

AROUND THE MACC
Canisius 71, Fairfield 65: The Griffs would've had no chance in this game on the road the last two years. They've opened 5-1. Stags (4-5) visit Rider Sunday.

Marist 62, Manhattan 58: George Beamon (ankle) didn't play for the Jaspers and coach Steve Masiello said he didn't know when he would be back. Without the league's leading scorer, Manhattan is in big trouble.

Today's slate
Loyola (7-3, 0-1) at St. Peter's (4-4, 1-0), noon
Niagara (3-5) at Buffalo (3-5), 7 p.m.
Iona (3-3) vs. Rutges (4-2) at Madison Square Garden, 9 p.m.


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