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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rider Gameday: vs. Marist

Who: Marist (4-10, 1-4) at Rider (4-12, 0-5)

When: Thursday, 8 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ 107 .7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Fairfield, 69-64; Marist lost to Iona, 90-80

Series History: The schools have met 52 times since the series began in 1980-81 with Rider winning 29. The Broncs have dominated the Red Foxes of late, taking 14 of the last 16, including a season sweep last year.

Scouting Marist: The Red Foxes are trying to snap a four-game losing streak. Most of the scoring for Mike Maker’s club comes from guards Khallid Hart and Brian Parker. Hart leads the MAAC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points, which also ranks 15th nationally. Parker (15.6 ppg) is the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs are desperate to get on the board in the MAAC and this appears to be the right matchup to do so. They’ve dominated the series with Red Foxes of late, although this one, like almost all of Rider’s games, promises to be close. The Broncs have lost nine contests by 10 points or less with three of their five league defeats by five or less. Kahlil Thomas has emerged as a legitimate post threat, collecting a double-double in five of the last six games.

Double Dip: The Rider women kick off a doubleheader with a 5 p.m. tip against Fairfield. The Broncs (3-12, 0-6) have lost seven straight, and like the men, are still searching for their first MAAC victory. The Stags (6-9, 1-5) were the preseason favorite in the league, but have struggled mightily, losing their last three.


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