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Saturday, December 28, 2013

RIDER GAMEDAY: Broncs host Penn in final non-league game

Who: Penn (2-7) at Rider (5-5)

When: Noon, Sunday, Alumni Gymnasium

TV: The Comcast Network

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Villanova, 88-67; Penn lost to Marist, 76-62

Series History: Rider leads 2-1

Background: Expect overtime.

All three of the meetings between the two schools have gone to an extra session with the Quakers winning the most recent game, 78-72, during the 2011-12 season.

Both of Penn's victories this season have come against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opposition, having beat Monmouth and Niagara. The Quakers are coming off a loss to Marist and are 2-1 against the MAAC. They are 22-14 all-time against the league.

In the loss to the Red Foxes, Penn played without 6-foot-11 sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry (concussion) and senior guard Myles Jackson-Cartwright (thumb) came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 11, 2011 at UCLA.

The Quakers are led in scoring by sophomore guard Tony Hicks, who averages 15.3 per game, although four players average in double figures. If healthy, Nelson-Henry (12.8 ppg/7.4 rpg) could be a key factor against Rider's undersized front line.

Like Penn, the Broncs also have four players averaging in double figures, led by senior guard Anthony Myles at 19 points per game. He put in 22 in the loss to Villanova.

This is the last non-league game for Rider, which jumps back into MAAC play in the New Year against Niagara.

Projected Starting Lineups: Rider: G-Jimmie Taylor (Fr., 12.9 ppg), G-Zedric Sadler (So., 10.7 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Sr., 19 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Sr., 16.5 ppg), C-Junior Fortunat (Jr., 5.1 ppg).
Penn: G-Myles Jackson-Cartwright (Sr., 11.7 ppg), G-Tony Hicks (So., 15.3 ppg), F-Julian Harrell (So., 4.4 ppg), F-Fran Dougherty (Sr., 10.6 ppg), C-Darien Nelson-Henery (So., 12.8 ppg).


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