As the page on the calendar turns from October to November, the focus on the Rider campus turns from hurricanes to hoops.
The Rider men's basketball team will host the University of Scranton Saturday, November 3, at 4pm in Rider's newly refurbished Alumni Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the "purchase tickets online" link in this story or in person on game day at the ticket window in the lobby of Alumni Gymnasium. The ticket booth will open on 2:30 p.m. for Saturday's game.
The Broncs promise to be an exciting group, with new head coach Kevin Baggett leading an up-tempo style led by senior point guard Jon Thompson, junior forward Daniel Stewart and junior transfer Nurideen Lindsey.
Scranton is coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament last season and is ranked 18th in the D3hoops.com preseason poll. The Royals were 23-8 last year, winning the Landmark Conference Championship and were ranked 15th in the final D3hoops.com poll.
Scranton returns three starters; 6'3" senior guard Travis Farrell of Middletown, NJ (CBA), 6'4" sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Blair Academy) and 6-3 junior guard Tommy Morgan. Farrell was a First Team All-Conference performer last year and the Defensive Player of the Year. Danzig was the conference Rookie of the Year and Morgan is the point guard, leading the team in assists while scoring over 10 ppg.
Stewart averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds last season and ranked third in the MAAC in field goal percentage. A Mid-Major Freshman All-American two years ago, Stewart has started 61 games at Rider and has compiled 605 career points and 450 career rebounds.
Thompson is a veteran of 94 games and his 267 career assists already ranks among the top 20 all-time at Rider.
Lindsey came to Rider from St. John's, where he averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in nine games last year before transferring to Rider for the Spring 2012 semester.
Myles scored 40 points in his first two games last season, including the eight-point loss at Pitt, and averaged over 10 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. A veteran of 63 games, Myles has close to 500 points despite starting just 14 games.
After the exhibition game with Scranton the 2012-13 season begins with three home games, hosting Robert Morris November 9, Stony Brook November 13 and Monmouth November 17. The Stony Brook game is part of the ESPN Tip Off Marathon and will be televised live on ESPN starting at 6am.
Rider vs. Scranton Saturday at 4pm. A great way to start the month of November.