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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rider, Fairfield heading in opposite directions

Who: Rider (8-6, 2-1) at Fairfield (4-9, 2-1).

When: Monday, 7 p.m., Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Marist, 69-59; Fairfield lost to Siena, 68-67.

Background: The Broncs can make it five straight wins if it can beat the Stags, who are trying to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

Shorthanded Broncs: Rider beat Marist by 10 last time out even despite missing its starting frontcourt. Kahlil Thomas (foot) is once again an injury casualty, but Matt Lopez, who did not make the trip to Poughkeepsie due to illness, is expected to play. Junior Fortunat and Xavier Lundy filled in admirable to help down the Red Foxes. The reserve duo combined for 23 points and 10 rebound. If Lopez is ruled out again, Fortunat will start in his place.

Teddy’s Road Woes: Junior guard Teddy Okereafor’s struggles away from Alumni Gymnasium continue. The VCU transfer looks like an all-league player at home (21 ppg), but can’t replicate that form on the road (7 ppg). He finished with six points on 2 of 12 shooting against Marist. In four home games, Okereafor has scored 84 points, compared to 70 in 10 road/neutral site games.

Scouting The Stags: These are two teams trending in opposite directions. Fairfield has lost four straight and is coming off a one-point loss at home to Siena — a game it led the majority of the way. Sydeny Johnson, now in his fourth season since guiding Princeton to the NCAA tournament, watched his club regress in each of his first three seasons. The Stags went 7-25 a year ago, including 4-16 in the MAAC. The good news is they’ve already picked a pair of early conference victories thank in large part to the play of Marcus Gilbers (14.6 ppg). Fairfield still struggles to score, averaging 61.2 points per game, which ranks 309th nationally.


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