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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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.

Scouting Manhattan: The Jaspers are coming off a 14-point loss to archrival Iona, but that game was in New Rochelle. Manhattan has won four of its last five MAAC games inside the friendly confines of Draddy, including a seven-point triumph over league-leader Monmouth. The key against Steve Masiello-coached teams remains the same — don’t turn the ball over against the press. The Jaspers force 15.8 turnovers per game. Rider also must be aware of senior guard Shane Richards, a 3-point specialist who leads Manhattan in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He shoots the 3 at 36.6 percent, having attempted 134 this season.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs are playing as well as anybody in the MAAC at the moment, putting their 0-5 league start further and further in the rearview mirror. Kahlil Thomas has emerged as one of the top post players in conference, compiling a league-leading eight double-doubles. He matched career bests in points (21) and rebounds (14) against Canisius. When Rider won last season at Draddy, it had success finding Khalil Alford — now a starter — in the high post against Manhattan’s trapping zone. Because Alford can hit the elbow-jumper, he deposited what was a career-high 14 points in that game. This is the first of three straight on the road for Kevin Baggett’s club.


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