Game 16 preview: Siena (2-12, 0-3) at Rider (6-9, 1-2)
When: 2 p.m., Sunday, Alumni Gymnasium, 107.7 FM The Bronc.
Last time out: Rider lost to Loyola, 71-65; Siena lost to Iona, 66-62.
Background: Somebody’s losing streak is going to end.
The Broncs have dropped five straight, while the Saints’ skid has reached 10 in a row.
Rider hasn’t won since beating Siena, 62-56 on Dec. 7. In that game, Anthony Myles scored 20 points and Jon Thompson added 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Saints might be exactly what the doctor ordered for the ailing Broncs. Siena’s last victory, a 56-52 triumph over Northern Kentucky, was on Nov. 17.
Against Iona Friday, the Saints led deep into the second half but let it slip away despite a 19-point, 15-rebound performance by O.D. Anosike. The senior forward continues to excel even as his teammates and embattled coach Mitch Buonaguro falter. Anosike is averaging 13.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, respectively.
He has 11 double-doubles this season. As a team, Rider has none.
Siena is likely to be without Trenity Burdine, who was suspended for academic reasons prior to Friday night’s game. His return to the team is uncertain.
Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 10.5 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 12.6 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 11.1 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 10.3 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (2.7 ppg).
Siena: G-Evan Hymes (So. 10.9 ppg), G-Rakeem Brookins (12.6 ppg), G-Rob Poole (So. 12.1 ppg), F-O.D. Anosike (Sr. 13.7 ppg), F-Imoh Silas (So. 2.2 ppg).