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