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Friday, February 26, 2016

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.

Scouting Monmouth: The Hawks can clinch at least a share of the MAAC title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a victory. They’ll have to do it without third-leading scorer Deon Jones, who broke his hand in Monmouth’s loss to Iona. King Rice’s team, however, has plenty of weapons to make up for Jones’ absence. First and foremost, Justin Robinson (20.3 ppg), who hit the game winning shot at Alumni Gym with 3.8 seconds left. Freshman Micah Seaborn (12.5 ppg) is in the conversation for Rookie of the Year. History indicates this game will be close. Five of the six meetings between the schools since Monmouth joined the MAAC have been decided by six points or less.

Scouting Rider: Since coming so close to knocking off Monmouth, the Broncs have been trending in the wrong direction. They are 1-2 since then and are coming off a discouraging 13-point setback at last-place Marist. Senior guard Zedric Sadler (ankle), injured against Niagara, missed his second straight game. Without Sadler, Rider only had eight available players. The Broncs need an improved Teddy Okereafor to have a chance. He’s only attempted five free throws in the last four games.


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