Broncs fall at Manhattan, 76-73
RIVERDALE, NY – Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) posted his MAAC-leading eighth double-double with a career-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, but the Rider University men’s basketball team fell at Manhattan, 76-73, Friday night at Draddy Gym. With the loss, the Broncs fall to 11-6 (4-2 MAAC), while the Jaspers improve to 7-11 (2-5 MAAC).
The Broncs led for nearly 33 minutes of the game, but a 9-0 Manhattan run late with all nine points scored by Zane Waterman pushed the Jaspers to the victory. Waterman finished with a game-high 35 points on 10-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-6 from long range and 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. Zavier Turner added 23 points on 5-of-14 from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.
Thomas hit 9-of-18 field-goal attempts and grabbed eight of his 14 boards on the offensive glass. Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) and Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API) scored 16 points apiece, with Taylor narrowly missing his first-career double-double with nine rebounds and a game-high five assists.
“We missed a lot of lay-ups and we missed a lot of free throws. We didn’t play smart down the stretch. You’ve got to come here with the right mindset to play these guys. If you don’t, that’s what happens,” said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett.
The Broncs opened the scoring with six-straight points on a pair of Thomas buckets in the paint and a Taylor jumper. Rider maintained a lead that grew to as many as nine, 28-19, on Jordan’s fast-break lay-up at the four-minute mark. But Jordan was assessed a technical foul following the play and Manhattan scored 13 of the next 15 points, including 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, to take its first lead of the game, 32-30.
A pair of Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) free throws and an Anthony Durham (Philadelphia, PA/Abington/Putnam Science) jumper in the final minute of the half sent the Broncs into the locker room with a 34-32 lead.
Thomas led all scorers with 12 points, while Jordan added six for the Broncs. Taylor had five points and six rebounds at the break, while Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) also had five points. Turner led Manhattan with 11 points, including 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Waterman added nine points. The Broncs took a 45.2 percent (14-31) to 31.0 percent (9-29) edge from the floor, but Manhattan made all 12 of its free-throw attempts to Rider’s 5-of-10 performance at the line.
Rider maintained a lead in the second half until Waterman completed a three-point play at the 6:56 mark to put the Jaspers on top by 1. The Broncs retook a two-point lead on four occasions, but Waterman’s three at the 2:17 mark sparked the pivotal 9-0 run to give Manhattan a 74-67 lead with 32 seconds left.
The Broncs wouldn’t go down without a fight, however. Thomas knocked down a three from the right corner with 24 seconds left, before the Jaspers turned the ball over on the inbounds. With 18.7 seconds left, Taylor knocked down a three from the top of the key to make it a one-point game, 74-73. After the last of several lengthy officials’ reviews found nothing, Turner knocked down 1-of-2 free throws to give Manhattan a 75-73 lead. The Broncs got the ball into the paint to Thomas, but his baby hook wouldn’t fall. Waterman made 1-of-2 free throws with 0.9 seconds left and the Broncs couldn’t get a potential game-tying shot off in the final second.
For the game, the Broncs (26-65) and Jaspers (22-55) both shot 40.0 percent from the floor. Rider outshot Manhattan, 36.4 percent (4-11) to 23.5 percent (4-17) from long range, while the Jaspers took an 80.0 percent (28-35) to 58.6 percent (17-29) advantage from the free-throw line. The Broncs outrebounded Manhattan, 46-36.
The Broncs return to action Sunday, when they play host to hOURglass rival Saint Peter’s. Tip-off from Alumni Gymnasium is slated for 2 p.m.
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