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Monday, February 2, 2015

Rider has 7-game road win streak snapped at Siena

Rider finally ran into two things that could slow down its road roll.

Siena senior guard Rob Poole and about a foot of snow in upstate New York.

Poole, a South Jersey native who was recruited by Rider, scored 27 points and the Saints snapped the Broncs’ seven-game road winning streak with a 79-72 victory on frigid Monday night at the Times Union Center in Albany.

In eight career games against Rider, Poole is averaging 12.7 points.

Marquis Wright added 17 points and Javon Ogunyemi chipped in 12 for the Saints (9-12, 6-6).

“We knew Poole and Wright were really good players,” head coach Kevin Baggett said postgame on 107.7 FM The Bronc. “We knew they were going to drive it and they broke us down. Our bigs were awful defensively tonight. Both Matt (Lopez) and Junior (Fortunat) were poor defensively. We were poor defensively as a team.”

Jimmie Taylor paced four Bronc players in double figures with 15 points.

Rider (14-9, 8-4) dropped into a three-way tie for second place with Manhattan and Monmouth.

Lopez had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, Zedric Sadler scored 12 and Xavier Lundy finished with 10.

The Broncs jumped out to a 20-4 lead, but did little right after that. The Saints used a 26-4 run to take a six-point advantage, and although Rider managed to recover and grab a two-point lead at intermission, the second half was all Siena.

The Saints shot 70 percent form the floor, including 60 percent from long range in the final 20 minutes.

“I was a little worried in the beginning even though we went up 20-4 early,” Baggett said. “I noticed that in the beginning of the game, we just didn’t have it tonight. I could see it in our eyes. ... A big lead like that always scares the coach because a big lead like that makes guys take their foot off the gas.”

The game went ahead as scheduled despite a winter storm dropping up to a foot of snow in the Albany region. The other MAAC contest slated for Monday night — Iona at Fairfield — was postponed.

Rider returns home Thursday to host the Stags in an 8 p.m. tip.


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