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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

Monday, February 29, 2016

New approach pays off for Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson guided Fairfield to 18 wins this season, 11 more than last year. (John Blaine Photo)

Something had to change.

Fairfield had just finished a 7-24 season with a 63-33 loss to Saint Peter’s in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and Sydney Johnson’s Stags were the laughingstock of the league, scoring nine seven points in the first half of that debacle.

If Johnson was going to keep his job, the style had to change.

And change drastically.
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Teddy Okereafor, Kahlil Thomas named 3rd Team All-MAAC

Kahlil Thomas had 11 double-doubles this season and earned third team All-MAAC honors. (John Blaine Photo)

The Rider duo of Teddy Okereafor and Kahlil Thomas were both honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Monday, earning third team recognition.

Okereafor, a graduate student, leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game. He also ranks fourth in the MAAC in minutes played and fifth in assists. 

Thomas has had a breakout junior campaign, averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The 6-7 forward led the league in field goal percentage (58.6 percent) and compiled 11 double-doubles in the final 20 games of the season.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Princeton Weekend: vs. Columbia; vs. Cornell

Who: Columbia (19-8, 8-2); Cornell (9-15, 2-8) at Princeton (18-5, 8-1)

When: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m., Jadwin Gym

TV/Radio: Columbia —American Sports Network/ WPRB 103.3 FM; Cornell —WPRB 103.3 FM

Previous Meeting: Princeton swept the New York weekend two weeks ago, coming from behind to beat Columbia in overtime in the Saturday game. 
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Rider Gameday: at Monmouth

Who: Rider (11-18, 7-11) at Monmouth (23-6, 15-3)

When: Friday, 9 p.m., Multipurpose Activities Center, West Long Branch

TV/Radio: ESPN2/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Marist, 71-58; Monmouth def. Saint Peter’s, 92-85 in overtime

Previous Meeting: You know what happened. Rider let a 14-point lead with four minutes remaining slip as Monmouth won, 79-78, by scoring 17 of the game’s final 19 points.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Princeton Gameday: vs. Yale

Who: Yale (17-5, 8-0) at Princeton (16-5, 6-1)

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

TV/ Radio: ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Columiba, 88-83 in overtime; Yale def. Harvard, 67-55.

Series This Year: Yale held off a Princeton comeback in the first meeting, winning, 79-75 in New Haven.

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Rider Gameday: vs. Siena

Who: Siena (18-9, 11-5) at Rider (11-16, 7-9)

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

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Niagara, 77-59; Siena def. Iona, 81-78.

Series This Year: Siena used a late 11-0 run to win the first meeting, 63-52, in Albany and are looking for the season sweep.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

WATCH: Songs in the Key of Shawn

Friday, February 12, 2016

Rider, Monmouth have spotlight for MAAC clash

Lawrenceville >> The hosts are trying to haul themselves up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings after a slow start put them at the bottom of the table.

The visitors are dreaming of a March dance ticket.

Both need victories when Rider (10-15, 6-8) welcomes league-leading Monmouth (20-5, 12-2) to a sold-out Alumni Gymnasium on Friday night (9 p.m., ESPNU, 107.7 FM The Bronc).
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Princeton Weekend: at Cornell; at Columbia

Who: Princeton (14-5, 4-1) at Cornell (9-11, 2-4); at Columbia (16-7, 5-1).

When: Friday, 6 p.m., Newman Arena, Ithaca, N.Y.; Saturday, 7 p.m., Levien Gym, New York City

TV/ Radio: American Sports Network/ WPRB 103.3 FM; ESPN3/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Dartmouth, 83-70; Cornell lost to Yale, 83-52; Columbia def. Brown, 77-73

Series History: Princeton leads both, holding a 142-80 edge over Cornell and a 148-85 record against Columbia.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rider Gameday: at Canisius

Who: Rider (10-14, 6-7) at Canisius (10-14, 5-8)

When: Sunday, 3 p.m., Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Niagara, 66-60; Canisius lost to Iona, 84-66

Series History: Rider has dominated the 43 meetings between the schools, winning 33 of them, including a 79-68 victory in Lawrenceville a week ago.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Princeton Weekend: vs. Harvard; vs. Dartmouth

Who: Harvard (9-11, 1-3); Dartmouth (7-11, 1-3) at Princeton (12-5, 2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Jadwin Gym; Saturday, 6 p.m., Jadwin Gym

TV/Radio: ESPNU/ WPRB 103.3 FM; WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton lost to Yale, 79-75; Harvard lost to Columbia, 55-54; Dartmouth lost to Cornell, 77-73

Series History: Princeton holds a 130-44 record all-time against Harvard and a 147-42 mark vs. Dartmouth.
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Rider Gameday: at Niagara

Who: Rider (9-14, 5-7) at Niagara (6-17, 4-8)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., “Taps” Gallagher Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Manhattan, 65-57; Niagara lost to Quinnipiac, 82-68

Series History: Niagara holds a 21-20 edge in the 41 all-time meetings. The two schools split the games a year ago, each winning on the road. The Broncs have won the last three at the Gallagher Center with their lost loss there the infamous clock game. 
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Postgame audio from Rider's 65-57 loss to Manhattan

Riverdale, N.Y. >> Rider lost 65-57 to Manhattan on Tuesday night as the two teams scuffled in the game's final minute.

Two Rider players were ejected for leaving the team bench.

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Rider Gameday: at Manhattan

Who: Rider (9-13, 5-6) at Manhattan (8-11, 5-5)

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Canisius, 79-68; Manhattan lost to Iona, 70-56

Series History: Rider leads, 24-21, including victories in 12 of the last 17. The Broncs swept the season series last year, winning both games in overtime.
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