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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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.

Series History: The two schools used to be Northeast Conference rivals until Rider left for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1997. The Broncs have won 17 of the 21 meetings, including the famous 1993 NEC championship game on Darrick Suber’s shot.

Rider slumping, Wagner streaking: The Broncs are mired in their worst start since 2011-12 when they began 1-10. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have won four straight since dropping their first two against St. John’s and Seton Hall, respectively.

Scouting Wagner: Two players do the heavy lifting for Bashir Mason’s side. Corey Henson and Dwaun Anderson combine for 29 points and 10 rebounds per game. The Seahawks held American to 32.6 percent shooting and 48 points last time out. Mason, a disciple of Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, employs full-court pressure, looking to turn opponents over. They force 18.2 per game.

Scouting Rider: Searching for a way to spark his team, Kevin Baggett inserted freshman Kealen Ives into the starting lineup against Fairfield. The result was the Broncs’ highest offensive output to date. Ives helped Rider get moving faster and gave Teddy Okereafor a different angle to see the floor at. Okereafor had his best game of the season against the Stags, scoring 25 points. Look for Ives to keep his place in the lineup. The Broncs also need to tighten up defensively. Baggett has lamented the number of breakdowns on that end and blamed Friday’s loss on those.


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