Who: Rider (9-9, 4-2) at St. Peter’s (6-10, 1-5).
When: 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Yanitelli Center, ESPN3, 107.7 FM
Last time out: Rider def. Loyola, 64-57; St. Peter’s lost to
Background: Kevin Baggett said he won't let his team be fooled by St. Peter's record. Despite a 6-10 mark, the Peacocks opened the season by beating Rutgers and are the only team to knock off Iona in league play.
The Broncs are trying to win four in a row for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season when they won six straight, including a victory over Canisius in the MAAC quarterfinals.
St. Peter's has lost four in a row and five of its last six. The Peacocks have just three wins since opening the year 3-0.
Sophomore guard Desi Washington, a transfer from Delaware St., leads them in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game.
Trenton Catholic Academy is also well represented on coach John Dunne's roster. Sophomore Markese Tucker has appeared in 14 of 16 games, averaging 5.8 points per game, while freshman Chazz Patterson is averaging 2.4 ppg, while also appearing in 14 contests.
Rider leads the all-time series, 27-24, and is 22-14 against SPC since joining the MAAC for the 1997-98 season.
Junior forward Danny Stewart comes in averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game in the last six games. Stewart averaged 22.5 points and 12 rebounds per game in wins over Manhattan and Loyola that earned him MAAC Co-Player of the Week honors.
On the injury front, guard Nurideen Lindsey got elbowed in the head during practice Wednesday and had what Baggett called a "small headache." He is day to day. Also, center Dera Nd-Ezuma is expected to play despite a sore back.
Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 11.1
ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 12.6 ppg), G-Nuridden Lindsey (Jr. 10.2 ppg),
F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 11.4 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (Sr. 2.5 ppg).
St. Peter’s: G-Blasie Ffrench (Sr. 9.3 ppg), G-Desi
Washington (So. 15.3 ppg), G-Yvon Raymond (Sr. 10.3 ppg), F-Patrick Jackson
(Gs. 4.2 ppg), F-Darius Conley (Sr. 7.6 ppg).