Loyola-Maryland (12-5) at Rider (8-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 13, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,650) -- Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Loyola-MD 7-2, Rider 3-3. Away Record: Loyola- MD 2-3, Rider 3-6. Neutral Record: Loyola-MD 3-0, Rider 2-0. Conference Record: Loyola-MD 4-1, Rider 3-2. Series Record: Rider leads, 23-17.
GAME NOTES: The Rider Broncs try to put together their first three-game win streak of the season on Sunday afternoon, as they entertain the Greyhounds of Loyola-Maryland in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Alumni Gym,
This is the third time this season that the Broncs are shooting for a three- game win streak, the first two times the team failed in their bids as they lost the subsequent outing by double figures both times. The squad is trying to follow up a 72-53 romp over Siena a week ago, and a 69-60 triumph versus Manhattan on Thursday night at Draddy Gym.
With the victory over the Jaspers, and having swept the season series against the Saints, Rider is 3-2 in conference play.
As for the Greyhounds, they are already working on a three-game win streak of their own, thanks to triumphs over Rider, Saint Peter's and, most recently, Fairfield on Friday night in a 63-58 overtime affair.
The Broncs lead the all-time series by a count of 23-17, but it was Loyola that won the most recent encounter at home in a 71-65 decision less than 10 days ago. In that meeting, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both tallied 21 points and combined for 15 rebounds for the hosts, while Daniel Stewart led four double-digit scorers for the Broncs with 13 points.
The defense came alive for the Greyhounds late in the second half against Fairfield two nights ago, allowing Loyola to get to overtime where it connected on 3-of-4 shots from the floor and all but two of 12 free-throw attempts. Etherly led the way with 20 points, followed by Cormier and Robert Olson with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Olson, who shot a meager 2-of-10 from the floor, accounted for eight rebounds which was second-best on the squad behind Anthony Winbush who grabbed nine as he missed all six of his field goal chances. Playing close to 36 minutes per game, Cormier leads the program in scoring through 17 games with his 17.7 ppg, but not far behind is Etherly who is not only good for 16.1 ppg, he is second on the roster with close to seven rebounds per outing as well.
Points were hard to come by in the first few minutes of the meeting against Manhattan, but eventually the Broncs got on track. Leading the way for Rider was Daniel Stewart with 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, shooting 7- of-11 from the floor and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free-throw line. Not to be overlooked was Anthony Myles who registered a double-double of his own with 13 points and another 14 boards, although he converted just 4-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-11 at the charity stripe. In addition to posting a 48-32 rebounding edge, the Broncs also outscored Manhattan at the free-throw line, 24-9. One of four players scoring in double figures at the moment for the Broncs, Myles checks in with 12.7 ppg, while Nurideen Lindsey and Stewart account for 10.7 ppg and Jonathon Thompson 10.4 ppg to go along with his team- best 57 assists.
Obviously the Broncs have the added incentive of revenge in this meeting, and if Stewart and Myles can come anywhere close to their performances two nights ago Rider should be in the mix.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 67, Loyola-Maryland 64
01/13 10:30:06 ET