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Rider Hosts Monmouth Saturday
Hawks Fly West before Broncs Fly South
LAWRENCEVILLE-The Rider men's basketball team will host the Monmouth Hawks Saturday afternoon in the third consecutive home game for the Broncs.
The 3pm tip in the newly refurbished Alumni Gymnasium can be seen on the BroncSportsNetwork, with live video streaming on BroncVison and live stats on GameViewer.
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TicketLeap 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 at 2:00 p.m. for Saturday's game.
At half time the Rider men's soccer team will honor its graduating seniors. The Soccer Senior Day game did not take place due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Broncs (1-1) are getting back on schedule following the 6am game on ESPN with Stony Brook.
Rider has been led by junior Nurideen Lindsey, who is averaging 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Lindsey was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week his first week as a Bronc.
Thompson is averaging a team-high 4.0 assists per game, eighth best in the MAAC. Thompson now has 275 career assists, 16th most ever at Rider.
The Hawks (1-1) are led by 6'6" sophomore guard Andrew Nichols, who is averaging over 18 points per game. Nichols scored 28 points in just 27 minutes of action in the season opening win over Hofstra. Monmouth beat Hofstra by 29 points before losing at Notre Dame by 27 points.
The Hawks went 10-8 in the Northeast Conference last year to finish in sixth place, but lost to the third seed, Robert Morris, in the NEC playoffs and finished 12-19 overall.
The Hawks have been to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last 12 years, including 2006, but have fallen on hard times, going 12-18, 7-24, 8-23, 12-19, 9-12 and 12-19 over the last six years.
Rider and Monmouth were Northeast Conference rivals for five years in the 1990s. Rider defeated Monmouth in the 1994 NEC Title Game here at Rider and lost the 1996 Title Game at Monmouth.
Rider is 11-4 vs. Monmouth since the Broncs left the NEC. Rider has won the last five games against Monmouth and seven of the last eight meetings with the Hawks. The Broncs and Hawks have met 37 times since the series began in 1974-75 with Rider winning 22. The last time Monmouth traveled to Lawrenceville the Broncs won 74-54. Rider beat Monmouth 74-62 in West Long Branch last year. In that game Rider held a four point lead before out-scoring the host Hawks 10-2 over the final three minutes of the game.
The last time Monmouth beat Rider was during the 2006-07 season (67-66).
Following the game, Rider hits the road for the first time this year to take part in the Hoops for Hope Classic, with four games in two states and two countries. The first stop is at the University of South Carolina Monday night, then off to SMU for a Wednesday game in Dallas, Texas, then south of the border to take on Jacksonville and UM-Milwaukee in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.