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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.

Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools. This is the final game of the Cancun Challenge for both. Rider is 1-2, falling at Maryland before splitting a pair of games in Mexico, a setback against Cleveland State and a win over Houston Baptist. URI beat Cleveland State at home and also split two contests in Cancun, knocking off TCU before losing to Maryland.

Road Broncs: This is the last of a five-game stretch away from Alumni Gymnasium. The schedule lightens up, too, after the trip. Rider faces two important MAAC games (at home vs. Saint Peter’s on Dec. 2 and then at Fairfield on Dec. 4) before finishing out the non-league slate. Still on tap are three more road contests (at Charleston Souther, Providence and Morgan State) and home dates against Wagner and Hartford).

Shooting Woes: Rider hasn’t found the stroke from long range quite yet. Entering play on Saturday, the Broncs’ 21 made 3-pointers tied for 317th nationally. They are 21-for-85 through the first five games, a 24.7 percent clip, which ranks 334th in the country.

Homecoming: Freshman guard Kealen Ives is from Providence and scored over 1,000 points at Classical High School before spending one season at Putnam Science Academy. Ives had his best game to date against Houston Baptist, scoring seven points and dishing out four assists in 18 minutes off the bench. Look for him to get playing time in his home state.

Scouting URI: The Rams lost their best player, E.C. Matthews, to a knee injury 10 minutes into the season opener, so they’re still adjusting to his absence. URI still has four players averaging in double figures with two players, Four McGlynn and Kuran Iverson, scoring 11.6 points per game. The Rams are coached by a familiar name for Jersey hoops fans as Dan Hurley is in his fourth season at the helm. He guided URI to 23 wins last season and a NIT berth where it beat MAAC regular-season champion Iona in the first round.


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