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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rider at Saint Peter's: What to watch for


Who: Rider (13-8, 7-3) at Saint Peter’s (10-11, 4-6).

When: Thursday, 8 p.m., Yanitelli Center, Jersey City.

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Canisius, 59-46; SPU def. Siena, 69-55.

Background: Rider recovered from a disappointing loss against Iona to beat Canisius in the back-end of last weekend’s homestand. That gave the Broncs 11 wins in their last 14 and kept them one game behind the Gaels in the MAAC standings. Rider came out on top, 68-55, when these two met on Jan. 10 in Lawrenceville.

Road warriors: The Broncs have won six straight away from home and are 7-3 in true road games (they’re 0-3 on a neutral court). Over those six contests, Rider has limited opponents to 61.5 points per game.

Lopez continues to play big: The 7-foot center has a legitimate case for the All-MAAC first team at the midway point of the conference season. The senior has reached double figures in 10 consecutive games, including five double-doubles. Lopez leads the Broncs in both points (12.1) and rebounds (7.2).

Halfway home: After 10 of 20 MAAC games, Iona leads the league with an 8-2 record followed by Rider and Monmouth at 7-3. Since the Gaels swept the season series from the Broncs, they essentially have a two-game cushion over Rider. Canisius and Manhattan are both 6-4 followed by Quinnipiac at 5-5.

Scouting the Peacocks: SPU continues to run hot and cold and enters Thursday night’s game on the heels of a dominating victory over Siena. What popped out about the win was that John Dunne’s big two of Desi Washington and Marvin Dominique finally clicked on the same night. Washington scored 22 and Dominique added 17. In the first meeting, Washington and Dominique combined for 20 points on 5 of 18 shooting.

3 Comments:

Blogger Yonkers said...

Another solid road W. Maybe Rider can finally make the tourney? Since I started school there in 1999 and all my alum years since they have failed...

January 30, 2015 at 11:13 AM 
Blogger Kyle Franko said...

They have a chance. Iona's a tough matchup for them as evidenced by the season sweep. I like this group's makeup and Baggett is pulling the right strings thus far.

January 30, 2015 at 2:12 PM 
Blogger Yonkers said...

Let's hope for a miracle...

February 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM 

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