Broncs defeat Red Foxes, 84-66
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – All eight Broncs who dressed scored eight points or more as the Rider University men’s basketball team defeated Marist, 84-66, Saturday night at Alumni Gymnasium. With the win, the Broncs (12-8, 5-4 MAAC) snap a three-game losing skid. The Red Foxes slip to 6-14 (3-6 MAAC) with the setback.
Five Broncs scored in double figures, led by Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API), who scored all 15 of his points in the second half. Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) and Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored 12 points apiece, while Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) and Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) scored 10 points each. Tyere Marshall (Philadelphia, PA/Martin Luther King/Putnam Science) added nine points and a season-high 13 rebounds, while Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) and Xzavier Malone (Philadelphia, PA/Plymouth Whitemarsh) chipped in with eight points each. The Broncs shot a season-high 50.9 percent from the floor and grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds.
Khallid Hart scored a game-high 21 points for Marist, but was limited to 6-of-15 shooting overall and 2-of-9 from long range. Ryan Funk added 15 points in 21 minutes before departing due to injury and Brian Parker also finished in double figures with 12 points.
“It’s just good to get off that losing streak that we had,” said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. “It was a team effort from top-to-bottom, from the guys on the bench to the starters.”
An early 9-0 run staked Rider to a 15-5 lead, with Taylor and Lundy contributing consecutive threes and a conventional Taylor three-point play. The lead swelled to 22-11 following a Malone three-pointer and a Marshall free throw. But an 11-1 Marist spurt pulled the Red Foxes to within one, 23-22, with just over nine minutes left in the half. David Knudsen scored the final five points of the run.
The Broncs’ lead reached six on two occasions the rest of the first half and Malone’s putback as time expired gave Rider a 40-35 lead at the break. Lundy led the Broncs with 10 points at the half, while Taylor added eight points and Carey chipped in with seven. Marshall erupted for six points and nine rebounds, five on the offensive glass. Funk and Hart led Marist with 11 points apiece in the first half. Funk knocked down 3-of-5 three-point attempts, while Hart was 2-for-4.
“We had a long conversation after the last game about our team being short,” said Lundy, referring to a conversation with fellow seniors Taylor and Thomas. “They got on me and said, ‘we need all three of us, all the seniors, to step up.’ So, we had a nice little conversation, settled down and started to play better after that.”
The Broncs began the second half strong, extending to a lead of 13 points, 60-47, on Thomas’ lay-up at the 11:32 mark. The Broncs made their first six field-goal attempts of the period and nine of their first 11. Marist scored the next seven points, four from Hart and the last three on a conventional three-point play by Kentrall Brooks to whittle the Broncs’ lead to six.
But six points was the closest Marist would get the rest of the way. Rider’s lead was still six, 68-62, with just over three minutes to play, when the Broncs outscored Marist, 18-4, the rest of the way. Washington-Ives scored nine of his 10 points in the final three minutes, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, to help the Broncs build the lead up to the final 84-66 margin.
“We went back to practicing our defense,” said Baggett of the team’s practices late this week. “We went back to the basics of who we are, breaking things down, defending the way we know we’re capable of. There was a lot of slippage on that end. We talked about being able to score the ball. Now we just have to be able to do a better job defending. 65 is that number that we’re looking at. They scored 66 tonight. So, much better. Still have to continue to get a little better, but that’s what we’re going to continue to hang our hats on, night in and night out.”
For the game, the Broncs outshot the Red Foxes, 50.9 percent (27-53) to 36.2 percent (21-58) from the floor and 50.0 percent (8-16) to 21.2 percent (7-33) from long range. Marist took a 73.9 percent (17-23) to 68.8 percent (22-32) edge from the free-throw line. Rider outrebounded Marist, 54-23.
The Broncs return to action Monday, when they travel to hOURglass rival Saint Peter’s. Tip-off from the Yanitelli Center is slated for 7 p.m.
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