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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rider looking for three in a row with Loyola in town

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Who: Loyola (12-5, 4-1) at Rider (8-9, 3-2).

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

Last time out: Rider def. Manhattan, 69-60; Loyola def. Fairfield, 63-58 (OT).

Background: The Broncs haven’t won three in a row all year but can do so by knocking off the Greyhounds.

Loyola won the first meeting on Jan. 4 in Baltimore, 71-65.  In that game, the Greyhounds took control with a 16-3 run on either side of halftime.

Loyola, which is moving to the Patriot League next season, is making its last visit to Alumni Gym. Rider leads the all-time series 18-14.


The Broncs are coming off wins over Siena, which just snapped an 11-game losing streak, and Manhattan, which was playing without its top two scorers.

This gives them a chance for a quality win against the league’s preseason favorite.

“This is good for us to learn how to play through some of these things,” said coach Kevin Baggett after holding on for a victory over Manhattan in which the Jaspers cut a 10-point Rider lead to one in the second half. “Our guys were resilient and stayed with it.”

Loyola comes in tied with Iona and Niagara atop the standings. It came from behind to top Fairfield in overtime Friday night.

Erik Etherly had 20 points and Dylon Cormier 19.

Etherly and Jordan Latham are two key transfers for coach Jimmy Patsos.

Etherly is in his third season at Loyola, arriving from Northeastern, while Latham (4.2 ppg) is in his second after transferring from Xavier.

“You’re probably going 1 for 2,” Patsos said when asked about bringing in transfers. “I’ve had 10 transfers and five have done great on the court. Etherly has been unbelievable for us.”
Patsos called the MAAC the perfect drop-down league.

“It has a 13th RPI and the schedules we play out of league are so tough,” he said. “If you went out west or to the ACC or Big East and didn’t get your minutes, I think we’re a logical step for kids. So therefore, I love transfers.”

Patsos said he would advise any young coach not to be afraid to stick their nose in with a high-profile recruit.

“When things go bad,” he said, “they remember who was around.”

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 10.4 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 12.7 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 10.7 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 10.7 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (Sr. 2.5 ppg)
Loyola: G-Dylon Cormier (Jr. 17.7 ppg), G-Robert Olson (Sr. 11.8 ppg), F-Erik Etherly (Gs. 16.1 ppg), F-Anthony Winbush (Gs. 6.7 ppg), F-Franz Rassman (Fr. 3.2 ppg).

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