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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.

Scouting Fairfield: The Broncs might catch a huge break since Fairfield’s leading scorer Marcus Gilbert looks like he won’t play due to an ankle injury suffered against Iona. Gilbert is averaging 18.3 points per game. With Gilbert unlikely to play, Tyler Nelson is the top scoring threat, averaging 12 per contest. Against the Gaels, the Stags were undone by a barrage of A.J. English 3s (he’s done that to a lot of folks) as the senior guard scored a career-high 46 points. Fairfield shoots 29 3-pointers per game, making seven. Rider allows opponents to connect on 34.5 percent of shots from long range, so expect Sydney Johnson’s club to continue firing up the 3s.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs need a victory for their confidence right now. It can’t get much worse than Wednesday night’s home loss to SPU in which Rider trailed by 23 in the second half. In order to break out of this funk, the Broncs have to score the ball better. They haven’t broke 70 yet in a game and rank near the bottom of Division I in scoring offense. A good start would be to cut down on the turnovers, as the Broncs give it away 13.2 times per game. In Wednesday’s loss, they had 16 turnovers and 20 made field goals. Look for a bounce back performance from junior forward Xavier Lundy after he was blanked last time out.


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