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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rider men picked fourth, women fifth

Anthony Myles is Rider's top returning scorer. The Broncs were picked to finish 4th in the MAAC.

Kevin Baggett enters his second season with heightened expectations.

Rider was picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches. The results of the preseason poll were announced Wednesday during the MAAC preseason show on ESPN3.

The Broncs return their second and third leading scorer from last year’s team that surprisingly went 12-6 in the conference, finishing with the No. 2 seed.

Seniors Anthony Myles (12.4 ppg) and Danny Stewart (10.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg) will be expected to lead the offense, while sophomore Zedric Sadler and freshman Jimmie Taylor will have to help replace the graduated Jon Thompson, the team’s top scorer and best all-around player.

Rider finished Bagget’s debut season 19-15 overall and won a round in the Tournament.

The team will appear on either ESPN3 or ESPNU four times this season: Dec. 5 at Monmouth, Jan. 24 at Manhattan, Jan. 31 at Saint Peter’s and Feb. 21 against Iona at Alumni Gymnasium.

Manhattan, which reached the tournament championship game before falling to Iona last year, is the preseason favorite followed by Iona and Canisius.

On the women’s side, the Broncs were selected fifth.

Lynn Milligan’s team is coming off a fourth-place finish and its best showing since becoming a MAAC member with 10 league wins.

Rider went 15-15 overall.

The Broncs return first-team All-MAAC selection MyNeshia McKenzie (14.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg), who is primed for a big senior campaign.

Conference queens Marist — winners of nine of the last 10 league titles — are once again the preseason favorite followed by Iona, newcomer Quinnipiac — coming off a 30-win season in the NEC — and Fairfield.

1. Manhattan 119
2. Iona 108
3. Canisius 100
4. Rider 85
5. Marist 69
6. Fairfield 61
7. Quinnipiac 58
8. Niagara 39
9. Saint Peter's 38
10. Siena 35
11. Monmouth 14

1. Marist 121
2. Iona 106
3. Quinnipiac 102
4. Fairfield 86
5. Rider 69
6. Canisius 54
7. Siena 51
8. Niagara 47
9. Monmouth 43
10. Manhattan 34
11. Saint Peter's 13


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