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Sunday, November 29, 2015

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.

URI (4-2) surged in front midway through the first half and led by 13 at intermission before coasting home in the second half.

“We’re just not very goo right now,” coach Kevin Baggett said postgame on 107.7 FM The Bronc. “We are not playing with any confidence.”

The trio of Teddy Okereafor, Jimmie Taylor and Zedric Sadler — considered the strength of the team prior to that start of the season — combined for seven points on 1-for-10 shooting.

“If our guards are not going to carry this team, we are going to struggle,” Baggett said.
Xavier Lundy led the Broncs with 12 points and Kahlil Thomas chipped in 10.

The Rams shot 46.4 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on 13 of 28 tries.

Rider made four long-range shots, bringing its season total to a measly 25 through the first six games.

If there is a silver lining it’s that the Broncs are through the tough part of the non-conference schedule. They still have  a trip back to Rhode Island to face Providence, but they have four winnable non-league contests left (vs. Wagner, at Charleston Southern, at Morgan State, vs. Hartford).

Up next are two MAAC games, beginning Wednesday at home against SPU and then Friday at Fairfield.

Rider started 2-5 last season before running off 21 wins and a second-place finish in the league.


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