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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.

Close But No Cigar: Five of Rider’s eight losses have come by eight points or less, including Tuesday night’s heartbreaker when Wagner won on a put-back dunk with 2.6 seconds remaining. The Broncs have lost four straight and their 1-8 start is the worst since 2011-12 when they began 1-10.

Scouting Charleston Southern: The Bucs, under 11th year coach Barclay Radebaugh, are coming off a seven-point victory over Liberty in a Big South Conference game. They split their first two league games, falling the Winthrop before rebounding to with the win over the Flames. In those two games, they shot 38 percent from beyond the arc, making 26 of 68 attempts. They shot 40 threes vs. Winthrop. For the year, CSU is averaging 72.4 points per game and 40.4 percent shooting. Freshman Armel Potter is the leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points per contest.

Scouting Rider: Although both losses, the Broncs have improved in their last two games. They had the lead in the second half of both, but couldn’t close out victories. Fourth-year coach Kevin Baggett has inserted freshman Kealen Ives into the starting lineup, and he’s been able to get the offense moving a little quicker. Rider reached 70 points for the first time all season in its loss to Fairfield and made double-digit 3s in each of the last two contests. Junior forward Xavier Lundy (11.1 ppg) is coming off a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Wagner. The Broncs could use a contribution from senior guard Zedric Sadler. The reigning MAAC 6th Man of the Year hasn’t made a major contribution yet, scoring 4.1 points in 22.1 minutes per night.


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