Rider (6-8) at Loyola-Maryland (9-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reitz Arena (9,000) -- Baltimore, Maryland. Television: None. Home Record: Rider 2-3, Loyola 4-2. Away Record: Rider 2-5, Loyola 2-3. Neutral Record: Rider 2-0, Loyola 3-0. Conference Record: Rider 1-1, Loyola 1-1. Series Record: Rider leads, 22-17.
GAME NOTES: The Rider Broncs will try to turn things around as they get back to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds on Friday night.
Rider suffered its fourth straight loss when it was defeated by Delaware on New Year's Eve, 73-66. The setback dropped the team's record to 6-8, which includes a 2-5 mark on the road. The Broncs split their first two conference games by defeating Siena (62-56) and losing to Fairfield (65-52). Coach Kevin Baggett's team ranks fourth in the MAAC in scoring offense with 64.6 ppg, but it has allowed the opposition to net 66.1 ppg.
Jimmy Patsos's Greyhounds began their MAAC season with a 62-61 loss to Niagara before they evened their league record with a 61-55 victory over Saint Peter's. Loyola then stepped out of conference to notch a 79-57 win over Mount St. Mary's and then suffered back-to-back losses to Bucknell (64-46) and Memphis (78-64). The current two-game slide has the Greyhounds at 9-5 on the year. The Greyhounds are still outscoring the opposition by 3.5 ppg and pulling down just under four more rebounds per contest.
This will be the 40th meeting in the all-time series between these two schools, and Rider holds a 22-17 edge after each team won on its home court in last year's home and home series.
The Broncs showed some fight the last time out, as they battled back from a 13-point deficit to take a 61-60 lead with just over six minutes left, but the Blue Hens answered to hold on for good. Daniel Stewart and Nurideen Lindsey scored 13 points each for Rider, which shot 37.5 percent from the floor in the contest. Anthony Myles, who leads the team with 12.7 ppg, was held to just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Lindsey is netting 11.5 ppg, while Jonathon Thompson (10.5 ppg, 3.8 apg) and Stewart (10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg) both play key roles as well.
Loyola won the rebounding battle, 42-29, and outscored the Tigers, 38-28, in the paint, its 14-point loss at Memphis. However, poor shooting (25-of-66) and far too many turnovers (19) allowed the Tigers to coast to the decision. Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds with 25 points, connecting on 10 of 20 shots. Erik Etherly added 15 points and nine boards. Cormier paces the team with 17.4 ppg, while Etherly contributes 14.2 points and seven rebounds per contest. The 3- point launching Robert Olson (11.5 ppg) and glass-cleaning Anthony Winbush (6.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) have proven to be valuable role players for Loyola.
Although Loyola has a better record to this point in the season, Rider has had a much tougher journey. The Broncs have a big-time talent on their hands in Lindsey. The St. John's transfer has been in a slump and totaled just 24 points on 10-of-36 shooting including misses on all nine of his 3-point tries. Lindsey is too talented to keep playing so poorly and he may finally be able to get back into a groove if Loyola's backcourt allows him to get a few easy buckets off of turnovers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 73, Loyola-Maryland 67
01/04 10:31:44 ET