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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rider faces must-win Sunday against Siena

Who: Siena (12-16, 8-9) at Rider (13-13, 9-8)

When: Sunday, 2 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium

TV: None

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Iona, 80-77; Siena def. Manhattan, 67-63

Previous Meeting: Siena won 62-47 on Jan. 4

Background: The race for fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is on.

Rider holds a one-game edge over both Siena and Marist with three games to play. The top five get an opening-round bye at the conference tournament, while the sixth-place finisher has to play that first night and will have to win four games instead of three to claim the league’s automatic NCAA berth.

With the Saints already holding a victory over the Broncs, head coach Kevin Baggett know it’s imperative his team doesn’t get swept Sunday afternoon.

“Everything is a must-win right about now,” Baggett said.

Rider came into this final four-game stretch with three at Alumni Gymnasium, but has already lost the first of those after its rally from a 13-point deficit with three minutes left against league leader Iona came up just short.

The Broncs have lost four of their last five.

“We put the emphasis on all three (home) games and we let one of them get away,” Baggett said. “We have to win some home games if we want to stay out of the play-in game and stay up in the league. It’s important that we find a way to win on Sunday.”

That won’t be easy against Jimmy Patsos’ Siena club that is coming off its best victory of the season over Manhattan.

Haddonfield native Rob Poole, who was heavily recruited by Rider out of Paul VI High School, continued his excellent junior season with 17 points in that win. The Saints were aided in their victory by the Jaspers’ 19-for-42 performance from the free throw line.

Another game to keep an eye on in the battle for fifth is Marist hosting Iona, which is also scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m.

Projected Starting Lineups: Rider: G-Jimmie Taylor (Fr., 11.7 ppg), G-Zedric Sadler (So., 8.9 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Sr., 16.6 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Sr., 15.4 ppg), F-Kahlil Thomas (Fr., 6 ppg). Siena: G-Marquis Wright (Fr., 8.8 ppg), G-Rob Poole (Jr., 15.4 ppg), F-Lavon Long (Fr., 9.3 ppg), F-Brett Bisping (So., 10 ppg), C-Imoh Silas (Jr., 4.4 ppg).


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