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Breakfast with the Broncs
White Out in Alumni Gym 6am Tuesday
The Rider University men's basketball team will host the Stony Brook University Seawolves at 6am Tuesday as part of the ESPN Tip Off Marathon.
It is the second 6am game for both teams. Rider hosted Drexel in last year's sunrise showdown and Stony Brook played Monmouth at 6am the year before.
The Broncs look to avenge the loss at Stony Brook last year, just as they avenged last year's loss at Robert Morris in the season opener.
Stony Brook won by three points at Marist on Friday, and then beat Division III Mount Ida by 36 points on Sunday.
Stony Brook University, formerly known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook, became an NCAA Division I program in 1999 and 'shocked the world' last spring when its baseball team reached the College World Series.
Rider and Stony Brook first met in 1970-71. The Broncs won the first three meetings with Stony Brook and went from 2000-01 until last year without meeting. Last year the Seawolves defeated Rider 79-62 on Long Island.
Stony Brook returns nine letterwinners and eight of those nine have been starters at one point or another. The team returns 53 percent of its scoring and 59 percent of its rebounding from last season. This is Stony Brook's 14th season on the Division I level. Stony Brook is picked to finish second in the America East conference preseason poll, behind Vermont. Senior forward Tommy Brenton is a preseason All-Conference selection after earning America East Defensive Player of the Year honors last season as well as First Team All-Conference. Brenton is closing in on the team's career rebound record.
The Seawolves enjoyed their most successful season on the Division I level last year, winning the America East regular season title (14-2 conference mark) and advancing to the NIT, finishing 22-10. It was the second regular season title in three years for Stony Brook.
Rider was led in the opener by newcomer Nurideen Lindsey, a junior guard from Philadelphia who came to Rider last spring from St. John's. In his Rider debut, Lindsey compiled 26 points and five assists.
Three other Broncs, senior point guard Jonathon Thompson, junior guard Anthony Myles and junior forward Daniel Stewart, each contributed 11 points, while sophomore center Junior Fortunat grabbed nine rebounds, matching his career high.
Breakfast with the Broncs. Wear white and arrive early. As if 6am is not early enough.