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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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rider Gameday: vs. Hartford

Who: Hartford (5-8) at Rider (3-9).

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. Morgan State, 71-49; Hartford def. Widener, 69-46.

Series History: The schools have met three times with Rider winning two, including a postseason game in the first round of the 2013 CIT. The Broncs came out on top last season on Teddy Okereafor’s jumper with 10 seconds remaining.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Princeton Gameday: at Miami (Fla.)

Who: Princeton (7-3) at No. 13 Miami (Fla.) (10-1).

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida.

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Bucknell, 89-77; Miami def. La Salle, 95-49.

Series History: This is just the third meeting between the schools with the first two coming in the same calendar year. That was in 1948. They split the games, which were played on back-to-back days.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rider Gameday: at Morgan State

Who: Rider (2-9) at Morgan State (2-7)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Talmadge Hill Field House, Baltimore, Maryland.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to No. 14 Providence, 73-65; Morgan State lost to Manhattan, 78-66.

Series History: This is just the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools with Rider holding a 2-1 edge.
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Former Wagner College legend Terrance Bailey going back to school

Terrance Bailey decided it’s time.

After 30 years, he’s going back to school.

Bailey, a former star at Wagner College on Staten Island from 1983-87, will enroll in classes at his alma mater beginning in January.

“It’s going to be strange and amazing at the same time,” Bailey said. “It’s strange because I’m going back to school, but amazing because of where I’m going.”
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Princeton Gameday: vs. Bucknell

Who: Bucknell (3-6) at Princeton (6-3)

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

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to No. 6 Maryland, 82-61; Bucknell lost to Mount St. Mary’s, 81-73

Series History: This is the 17th meeting all-time between the two schools with Princeton holding a 12-4 edge. 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monmouth's sweet season continues with first-ever win over Rutgers

Monmouth's bench was happy after 73-67 win over Rutgers. (AP Photo)

Piscataway >> Monmouth’s year of firsts keeps getting sweeter.

The Hawks added a first-ever victory over Rutgers on Sunday to a list that now includes five wins against power-conference opposition.

They’ve beaten UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown and Rutgers. A list so impressive head coach King Rice couldn’t even remember how many ‘big-time’ schools his team had been up against.

“We felt like we had a good team, but you could never expect something like this to happen,” Rice said after the Hawks held off the Scarlet Knights, 73-67, at the RAC. “By the time each game gets here, I have myself 100 percent believing if we do certain things, we can win the game.”

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No. 6 Maryland races past Princeton in second half

Princeton's Alec Brennan, right, blocks a shot by Maryland's Diamond Stone. (AP Photo)

Baltimore >> The final score doesn’t indicate it, but Princeton left Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night having gave a decent account of itself.

The No. 6-ranked team in the country was just too good in its first appearance since 1999 in the Charm City.

Maryland sizzled in the second half, racing past the Tigers, 82-61, in front of a loud 11,076 fans.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Princeton Gameday: vs. Liberty

Who: Liberty (3-8) at Princeton (5-2).

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

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Lipscomb, 78-64; Liberty lost to Lamar, 73-58.

Series History: This is the third meeting between the schools, all in the last three years. Princeton has won both games, including 65-47  a season ago at Jadwin.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Princeton picks up commitment from 6-5 guard Vittorio Reynoso-Avila

Princeton added another talented player to its ranks, picking up a commitment from California native Vittorio Reynoso-Avila.

Reynoso-Avila, a 6-5 guard out of La Mirada High School in suburban Los Angeles, averaged 12.7 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from the floor for the Matadores.

Reynoso-Avila helped La Mirada to the CIF State Division II championship and a 31-5 overall record. The Matadores beat Archbishop Mitty, 71-70 in double overtime at Haas Pavilion. 
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Rider Gameday: at Charleston Southern

Who: Rider (1-8) at Charleston Southern (3-5).

When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Buccaneer Field House, Charleston, South Carolina.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Wagner, 65-64; Charleston Southern def. Liberty, 68-61.

Series History: This is the second meeting between the schools. Rider won the only other matchup, 61-54, in 2013 as part of ESPN’s final set of BracketBuster contests. This is the return game. It will take place inside CSU’s Buccaneer Field House or ‘The Buc Dome’ which has a capacity of 1,157, one of the few venues smaller than Alumni Gymnasium.
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Princeton Gameday: at Lipscomb

Who: Princeton (4-2) at Lipscomb (4-8).

When: Saturday, 5 p.m., Allen Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM.

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to St. Joe’s, 62-50; Lipscomb def. Cumberland, 83-53.

Series History: The schools have met on one previous occasion, a 77-55 Princeton victory last season at Jadwin.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

WATCH: Dwaun Anderson's winning dunk for Wagner against Rider

Dwuan Anderson's spectacular put-back dunk with 2.6 seconds remaining gave Wagner a 65-64 victory over Rider on Tuesday night.

Anderson finished with 12 points, none bigger than these two after the Broncs had come down and taken the lead on their previous possession.

The win was the fifth straight for the Seahawks after an 0-2 start and fourth straight loss for Rider. The Broncs have lost eight of their first nine with five of those coming by eight points or less.

Video after the jump (nice work by Rider radio's Daryl Fein on the call):

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Princeton Gameday: at St. Joe's

Who: Princeton (4-1) at St. Joseph’s (5-2).

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Hagan Arena, Philadelphia.

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM/ 610 AM.

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to Stony Brook, 91-77; St. Joe’s def. Columbia, 80-78.
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Rider Gameday vs. Wagner

 Who: Wagner (4-2) at Rider (1-7).

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Fairfield, 74-70; Wagner def. American, 55-48.
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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Princeton Gameday: at Stony Brook

Who: Princeton (4-0) at Stony Brook (3-2).

When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Island FCU Arena, Stony Brook, New York.

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM.

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Fairleigh Dickinson, 91-61; Stony Brook def. Farmingdale State, 91-42.

Series History: This is just the second all-time meeting between the schools. Princeton won last year’s game by 13 at home.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Rider Gameday: At Fairfield

Who: Rider (1-6, 0-1) at Fairfield (3-4, 0-1).

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Saint Peter’s, 73-61; Fairfield lost to Iona, 101-77.
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Former TCA standout Chazz Patterson growing into leadership role at Saint Peter's

Chazz Patterson, right, defends against Rider's Teddy Okereafor. Jackie Schear Photo

Lawrenceville >> If Saint Peter’s coach John Dunne ever needed someone to take his kids to school in a pinch, he would call Chazz Patterson.

The junior guard would probably show up with a couple brown-bag lunches to boot.

“If I have to,” Patterson quipped, “I will.”

But that’s what Dunne, the Peacocks’ 10th-year coach, likes about the former Trenton Catholic Academy standout.

“He’ll do anything for us,” Dunne said. “I think we have a lot of guys like that this year, but he leads by example.”
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Report: Ivy League inching closer to conference tournament

The Ivy League may finally be ready to fall in line with the rest of college basketball, according to a report by CBS Sports.

Yep, you read that right. The Ivy League could have a conference tournament as early as next season. The Ivy is the only conference that currently doesn't have a tournament and gives its NCAA Tournament automatic bid to the regular-season champion.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rider Gameday: vs. Saint Peter's

Who: Saint Peter’s (1-4, 0-0) at Rider (1-5, 0-0)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Rhode Island, 82-57; Saint Peter’s lost to Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-62.

Series History:  The Broncs have won 16 of the last 21, although the Peacocks got the important one last year when they bounced Rider from the MAAC Tournament in the quarterfinals.
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Rider signs three guards

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett has added some backcourt depth for the future, inking three guards during the recent signing period.

Set to join the Broncs next season are Jordan Allen, Stevie Jordan and Xzavier Malone.
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