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Welcome back to the Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog. Yes, we're still alive, and with the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, it's time to fire up the old blog for another season. Check back here throughout the year for updates on all things Rider and Princeton, including coverage of both the MAAC and Ivy League. Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @kj_franko ( or email

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Princeton Gameday: vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Who: Fairleigh Dickinson (2-4) at Princeton (3-0).

When: Monday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym.

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM.

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Lafayette, 104-52; FDU def. Saint Peter’s, 77-62.

Series History: This is just the third meeting between the two schools. They split the first two with FDU surprisingly winning last season in Teaneck.
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Rider falls to URI, stumbling to 1-5 start

The Rider men’s basketball team only has two days to lick its wounds before a pivotal Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday.

The Broncs lost to Rhode Island, 82-57, on Sunday afternoon, dropping to 1-5 on the still young season.

Rider succumbed to a barrage of 3-pointers by Rams guard Four McGlynn. The graduate transfer made six 3s and finished with a game-high 27 points.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rider Gameday: at Rhode Island

Who: Rider (1-4) at Rhode Island (3-2).

When: Sunday, 2 p.m., Thomas M. Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Houston Baptist, 67-56; Rhode Island lost to Maryland, 86-63.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Princeton hits 100 points for first time in 44 years in rout of Lafayette

Princeton >> Four days after stepping foot on a floor it hadn’t played on in 46 years, Princeton followed it up by lighting up the scoreboard in a way it hadn’t in 44 years.

Not since 1971 had the Tigers scored 100 points in a game, but that all changed on Wednesday night as Princeton treated the fans at Jadwin Gym to a pre-Thanksgiving feast.

Five different players reached double-figures, 14 of the 16 who appeared scored and the Tigers crushed Lafayette, 104-52, for their third straight win to begin the season.

The 104 points are the most since scoring 108 against Yale on Feb. 26, 1971.
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Cancun Challenge Recap: Rider goes 1-1

Rider split a pair of games at the Cancun Challenge, falling to Cleveland State on Tuesday before bouncing back with a win over Houston Baptist on Wednesday — the Broncs' first of the season. A couple observations from the two games:

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Princeton Gameday: vs. Lafayette

Who: Lafayette (1-3) at Princeton (2-0).

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Saint Peter’s, 75-72; Lafayette lost to La Salle, 83-75.

Series History: The Tigers hold a 48-19 edge in the series, although the Leopards won last season’s meeting by 17 points.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rider Gameday: Cancun Challenge

Teddy Okereafor and Rider will play two games in Cancun, Mexico. Jackie Schear Photo

Who: Rider (0-3) vs. Cleveland State (1-2).

When: Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to No. 3 Maryland, 65-58; Cleveland State lost to Rhode Island, 73-45.

Series History: This is the first meeting between the schools, although they have met in wrestling when both were part of the Eastern Wrestling League.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rider's Kahlil Thomas proves he tough in near-upset of Maryland

Kahlil Thomas guards Maryland's Diamond Stone. AP Photo

College Park, Md. >> Kahlil Thomas took Rider’s near-miss at No. 3 Maryland harder than most of his teammates.

Thomas felt responsible for the Broncs coming up short of a memorable upset after he missed the front end of a one-and-one and couldn’t come up with a key rebound in the final minute.

But both head coach Kevin Baggett and point guard Teddy Okereafor absolved the junior forward of any blame, pointing out that Rider wouldn’t have been in position to win if it wasn’t for Thomas’ toughness.

“His effort was there,” Baggett said. “He really competed and did some great things. He was going up against two big guys down there, so I’m proud of the way he fought. I’m proud of the way he’s coming along.” 
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Princeton Gamedy: vs. Saint Peter's (Dillon Gym)

Who: Saint Peter’s (1-2) at Princeton (1-0)

When: Saturday, 9 p.m., Dillon Gym

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Rider, 64-56; St. Peter’s lost to Hartford, 67-66

Series History: This is just the third meeting between the Tigers and Peacocks. They met last season in Jersey City and SPU throttled Princeton, 60-46. In a throwback to yesteryear, the game will take place inside Dillon Gym, the first game in the old building since Jan. 11, 1969.
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Rider Gameday: at Maryland

Who: Rider (0-2) at No. 3 Maryland (2-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m, Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland.

TV/ Radio: Big Ten Network/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to La Salle, 73-60; Maryland def. Georgetown, 75-71.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rider Gameday: Game 2 at La Salle

Who: Rider (0-1) at La Salle (1-0)

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Princeton, 64-56; La Salle def. Towson 78-76

Background: The Broncs begin a daunting stretch of five games away from Alumni Gymnasium with a short trip to Philly. Following Tuesday night’s game, Rider plays at Maryland Friday then two games in Cancun, Mexico and a visit to Rhode Island before returning home.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Princeton's Hans Brase ruled out for year with torn ACL

Hans Brase out for the year with a torn ACL.

Princeton may have got off to a good start on Friday night, but the Tigers were dealt a huge injury blow late Saturday night when forward Hans Brase was ruled out for the year with a torn ACL.

The school announced the injury on Saturday night.

Brase, a senior co-captain, averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game over the last two seasons. He will return for his senior season in 2016-17, according to the release.

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Three Leftovers: Princeton 64, Rider 56

Devin Cannady tries to drive past Jimmie Taylor. Jackie Schear Photo.

Princeton held off Rider on opening night of the college basketball season behind a game-high 17 points from freshman Devin Cannady. You can read the gamer here. Now to the leftovers (after the jump).

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Princeton, Rider tip off college basketball season with local rivalry

For the second consecutive season, Mercer County’s two Division I basketball programs are going to tip off the season against each other.

For only the second time in series history, the game will take place at Rider’s Alumni Gymnasium when Princeton makes the six-mile trip south on Route 206 for a 7 p.m. tip off Friday night.

“I’m happy to finally have them here,” Broncs coach Kevin Baggett said. “Those guys are a really good opponent and they’re well coached. We get a chance to see where we are at this point.”

The only other meeting in Lawrenceville was in 2011, a 72-71 overtime victory for the Tigers capped off by Mack Darrow’s banked in 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Princeton won last season’s contest, 64-58, although Rider had the lead with six minutes remaining.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trentonian 2015-16 College Basketball Season Preview

Rider's Teddy Okereafor takes it to the hoop in an exhibition game against University of the Sciences. (John Blaine Photo)

Welcome back!

College basketball season tips off Friday, so here is a page with all of the season preview content.

We'll be updating the Full-Court Press blog throughout the year with content from both Rider and Princeton as well as the MAAC and Ivy League. To gets us started, here are some links (after the jump) to get started with:

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