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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.

Series History: The Explorers have won 25 of the 32 meetings between the schools, although the Broncs did win in Tom Gola Arena in 2010-11. La Salle has grabbed the last two, however, with victories in Lawrenceville and at the Palestra.

Scouting La Salle: The Explorers beat Towson by two in their home opener and were paced by the 27 points of Jordan Price. The 6-foot-5 junior guard, who transferred in from Auburn, is La Salle’s best player. He’s coming off a year in which he was a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, averaging 17.2 points per game. Head coach Dr. John Giannini only used seven players against Towson, so depth could be an issue. The Explorers have three players sitting out this season under NCAA transfer rules. They also lost their exhibition game to Division II Philadelphia University (the winning in shot in that contest was converted by former Pennington School standout Kaison Randolph).

Scouting Rider: The Broncs struggled to score, specifically the guards, in the loss to Princeton. They’ll need better production from Teddy Okereafor and Jimmie Taylor, who went a combined 4-for-18 against the Tigers. La Salle didn’t use a player taller than 6-7 vs. Towson and Rider may be able to use its depth — head coach Kevin Baggett played 10 guys in the opener.


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