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Friday, January 3, 2014

RIDER GAMEDAY: Broncs start three-game road trip at Siena

Who: Rider (7-5, 3-0) at Siena (5-9, 1-2)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m., Times Union Center

TV: Time Warner Cable

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def., Niagara, 85-83; Siena lost to Monmouth, 63-59

Background: The Broncs begin a three-game road trip Saturday night in Albany before continuing on the upstate New York swing with games at Canisius and Niagara.

Siena leads the all-time series 25-13, but Rider swept the season series from the Saints for the first time last year.

Heading into this trip, the Broncs are tied with Manhattan atop the early Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.

The Saints are 1-2 following their loss to Monmouth Thursday.

Siena is a relatively young squad trying to find its way under a new, yet familiar coach, in the never-dull Jimmy Patsos.

Jersey boy Rob Poole, who was heavily recruited by Rider out of high school, is the team’s leading scorer at 15.8 points per game.

Patsos transformed Loyola from an also-ran into a MAAC champion — a move to the Patriot League that the outspoken coach was less than thrilled with helped push him toward the Siena job — and he’s trying to recapture the magic of the Fran McCaffery years when the school dominated the league and was a regular NCAA tournament participant.

Siena made the change at head coach following an 8-24 season.

Projected Starting Lineups: Rider: G-Zedric Sadler (So., 10.7 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Sr., 18.1 ppg), G-Jimmie Taylor (Fr., 13 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Sr., 15.8 ppg), C-Junior Fortunat (Jr., 4.7 ppg).
Siena: G-Marquis Wright (Fr., 7.1 ppg), G-Maurice White (Fr., 6.9 ppg), G-Rob Poole (Jr., 15.8 ppg), F-Brett Bisping (So., 7.5 ppg), C-Imoh Silas (Jr., 5.7 ppg).


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