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Monday, December 5, 2016

Rider Gameday: vs. Siena

Who: Siena (3-5, 1-0) at Rider (3-3, 0-1)

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

TV/ Radio: None/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Fairfield, 76-67; Siena def. Fairfield, 80-73.

Series History: Siena leads 30-15

Background: Looking to avoid an 0-2 start in the MAAC, the Broncs host the Saints to finish a mini two-game homestand.

Stitched Up: Freshman point guard Stevie Jordan played just 11 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Fairfield after he suffered a cut to his lip area that required stitches. The injury occurred when Jordan was inadvertently kneed in the face while falling to the ground. He tried to return in the second half, but was quickly removed because he couldn’t see out of the protective mask. Just how much and how effective he can be on Monday depends on how comfortable he is wearing whatever protection the training staff comes up with for the cut.

Cold Shooting: The Broncs connected on a season-high five 3s against Fairfield, but that hardly helped a dismal shooting percentage. For the season, Rider has made just 22.1 percent (21 for 95) from beyond the arc. Kevin Baggett’s team has been able to cover for that deficiency in its three victories with solid defense by limiting to the opposition to less than 70 points in those three wins.

Scouting Siena: The Saints, coached by the gregarious Jimmy Patsos, who won his 200th career game last time out, were picked to finish second in the MAAC. They’ve had an up-and-down start, however, with all five of their losses coming on the road. Siena has five players scoring in double figures led by all-league guard Marquis Wright (18 ppg). The Saints are also talented in the front court with the trio of Javion Ogunyemi (14.1/ 5.5), Lavon Long (12.4/ 5.8) and Brett Bisping (10.3/ 8.3). Sophomore Nico Clareth is coming off a career-best 33 points in Siena’s win over Fairfield.


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