Rider 83, Bloomsburg 68
Men’s College Basketball
Rider University 83, Bloomsburg University 68 (exhibition)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— Senior Jimmie Taylor III (Brandford, FL/Suwannee) scored 18 points to lead Rider to victory over Bloomsburg in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon.
Taylor scored Rider’s first eight points of the game and scored 11 points in the first six minutes, leading Rider to a 15-7 lead. Taylor made five of seven three-point attempts in 30 minutes of action.
“It was good to see Jimmie get off to a good start,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “He got some shots early in transition. When Jimmie makes that first shot or two he’ll be in a rhythm from there.”
“We have high expectations of ourselves,” Taylor said.
Rider out-rebounded the Division II Huskies of Bloomsburg 51-28, led by senior Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely), who grabbed 12 caroms to go along with his eight points and two blocked shots.
Freshman Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/API) compiled nine assists in his Alumni Gym debut, along with five points and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action. “Stevie did a good job finding Jimmie early when he was open,” Baggett said. “Nine assists and just one turnover for a freshman, great debut. You can’t ask for any better. I’m proud of him. For his first game he played really well.”
The Broncs shot 49 percent from the field (31-63), including 41 percent from three point range (10-24).
For Bloomsburg, 6’5” forward Christian Mortellite, a fourth-year junior from Hammonton, NJ who was a First Team All-PSAC selection last year averaging 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, compiled 14 points and five rebounds on Saturday.
“Bloomsburg shot the ball well,” Baggett said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. I like the energy of our guys.”
Holding a 47-37 lead with 16 minutes left to play, Rider went on a 21-7 run, four points each by Thomas, freshman Tyere Marshall (Philadelphia, PA/Putnam Science) and grad. student Norville Carey (British VI/Southern Miss.), to take a 68-44 lead with 8:00 left to play.
“Lily (Thomas) and Norville got off to slow starts, shooting too many perimeter jump shots but in the second half they went to the glass the way we need them to and score around the basket,” Baggett said. “That was good to see.”
Marshall finished with six points and three rebounds. Carey added nine points and three rebounds. “I’ve settled in pretty easily,” Carey said since coming to Rider from Southern Mississippi. “I’m trying to bring my experiences to help the team. I’m still trying to get my legs back.”
“Norville is still trying to work out the kinks, having sat out last year and now playing for a different team but he picked it up in the second half,” Baggett said.
Carey played three seasons at Southern Miss. before red-shirting last year with an injury.
Bloomsburg used a 7-0 run to take a 29-27 lead, before the Broncs ended the first half with an 11-0 run, six points by senior Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro), to take a 38-29 lead at the half. Lundy finished with 10 points and three rebounds.
With the score tied at 15-15, the Broncs went on a 12-5 run, five points by freshman Dimencio Vaughn (New York, NY/Callaway), to take a 27-20 lead with 5:14 left in the first half. Vaughn finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. “Dimencio played well, he rebounded well,” Baggett said.
Rider’s season begins November 11 at Hampton University. “I think we are ready to go,” Baggett said. “Hampton will be a challenge for us on the road to start the season. They were in the NCAA Tournament last year. We have our work cut out for us but I think we are ready.”