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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Morning Run — Game 9: Rider 75, Drexel 66

Quick reaction: Throw our Drexel's record, this was a quality road win. The Broncs needed to bounce back after a poor performance against La Salle at home and did just that.

They trailed by nine in the second half but turned it around thanks to a 14-0 run. Then Nurideen Lindsey, quiet for the entire game, got hot, scoring Rider's next nine points, including a key jumper with 2:33 remaining that put it up, 62-60.

He even banked in a 3-pointer.

"No, I did not call that," Lindsey joked in the postgame, "but three points is three points."

The Broncs (5-4) outscored the Dragons (2-5) 13-6 over the final 2-plus minutes.

This team should be confident heading into its first two MAAC games, beginning Friday at struggling Siena.


Stud of the game: Danny Stewart finished with 21 points and Lindsey finally sprung to life, but Jon Thompson is this team's rock.

He makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands and isn't afraid to take a big shot. Thompson had a key three-point play to extend the lead to 65-60 late in the second half.

"Coming off games every other day, getting this last one was a plus," said Thompson, who scored 14 points. "Going into conference play, it should build momentum."

Drexel's Damion Lee scored a game-high 28 points, including 13 of Drexel's final 15. He kept the Dragons in the game by himself, matching Lindsey's nine straight points with nine of his own.

Dud of the game: Frantz Massenat, the local kid from Ewing and Trenton Catholic, has been so good for Bruiser Flint but wasn't at his best Saturday.

Massenat finished with 10 points and six turnovers.

Rider coach Kevin Baggett said controlling Massenat was a key for his team.

"For the most part, we want to get the ball out of his hands and make some other guys beat us," Baggett said. "To be able to keep Frantz where he was gave us a chance to win this game."

AROUND THE MAAC
Florida Gulf Coast 65, Loyola 50: Eagles have win over in-state rival Miami and now one against MAAC favorite. Still, not a good way for the Greyhounds (7-2) to go into league play.

Albany 69, Siena 56: The Albany Cup goes to the Danes. Saints (2-6) on the ropes with Rider arriving for start of conference play.

Boston U. 74, St. Peter's 66: Peacocks (3-4) have lost four straight since 3-0 start.

Fairfield 74, Austin Peay 55: Five Stags scored in double figures as Sydney Johnson's crew evens record at 4-4.

-- The Full-Court Press wants to extend its condolences to Rick Majerus' family after the coach passed away Saturday night at the age of 64. Majerus, most recently at St. Louis, led Utah to the 1998 championship game. Read more here.

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