Manhattan (5-14) at Rider (11-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 27, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gymnasium (1,950) -- Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 3-3, Rider 5-4. Away Record: Manhattan 2-9, Rider 4-6. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-2, Rider 2-0. Conference Record: Manhattan 3-6, Rider 6-3. Series Record: Rider leads, 22-18.
GAME NOTES: The Rider Broncs try to fend off the Manhattan Jaspers as they collide in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tussle at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Jaspers come in on a three-game slide after falling to Canisius (64-60), Niagara (64-60), and Loyola-Maryland (51-41) consecutively. The latest slump has dropped Manhattan to a 5-14 overall standing and a mere 3-6 mark in the MAAC.
Rider had its five-game winning streak snapped on Friday as it dropped a 67-50 decision at home to Canisius. With the loss, the Broncs dropped to a 6-3 mark in MAAC action which puts them in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, but just two games behind the first place Niagara Purple Eagles.
The Broncs and Jaspers have met 40 times since the series began in 1929-30, with Rider winning 22, including 10 of the last 12.
Although the Broncs went into halftime of their bout versus the Golden Griffins trailing by just three points, Canisius' field goal efficiency shot up to 61.5 percent after intermission, and it led by double-digits for nearly the entire second half. Only Tommy Pereira scored in double figures for Rider with 11 points.
Despite the poor showing last time out, Rider nearly has four players averaging in double figures to net only 64.6 ppg, while shooting at a 42.7 percent clip overall. The Broncs are the third best 3-point shooting team in the league with a .355 field goal percentage beyond the arc. Anthony Myles (12.2 ppg) tops the team with 33 three-point field goals, while Pereira has 30 makes from distance while shooting 44.1 percent from downtown. Senior guard Jonathon Thompson is the third Bronc who has averaged double-figures in scoring this season (10.7 ppg). He has a team-high 71 assists this year and is in the top-10 of the MAAC averaging 3.4 per game.
Manhattan may have been able to defeat the Greyhounds, but it dropped the 51-41 decision after submitting an 8-of-19 showing at the charity stripe. The Jaspers took an early lead in the second half, but Loyola answered with a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead and it never surrendered the advantage from there. Emmy Andujar shot just 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points, but he grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. The Jaspers shot just 31.1 percent from the floor in the contest.
Rhamel Brown and Michael Alvarado are going to be the key to a Manhattan turnaround this season. Brown averages 11.5 points per game as he leads the MAAC shooting 55.8 percent from the floor. Brown is the conference leader in blocks per game (2.6 bpg) and he ranks fifth in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Alvarado is a two-time all-conference point guard who has averaged 8.5 points and 2.0 assists per game.
Canisius is clearly one of the top teams in the MAAC this season. Rider's loss to the Golden Griffins will quickly be forgotten as it regains its footing in a much more manageable contest against the Jaspers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 73, Manhattan 64
01/27 10:32:50 ET