Broncs Face Gamecocks
Hoops for Hope Classic
COLUMBIA, SC-The Rider Broncs take their 2-1 record on the road for four games as part of the Hoops for Hope Classic, beginning Monday night at the University of South Carolina.
The game can be heard live at 7pm on 107.7 The Bronc, at www.GoBroncs.com and can been seen in the southeastern part of the United States on FoxSportsSouth television.
A member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), South Carolina has an enrollment of over 30,000 students and the Gamecocks play in the 18,000 seat Colonial Life Arena on their Columbia campus.
But the 2-0 Gamecocks have more in common with the Rider Broncs than you might think.
Both teams return two starters from last year, both have a key transfer student leading the way this year and both teams are playing under a new head coach.
SC's top player is senior LaShay Page, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, who is averaging 19.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in his first two games as a Gamecock.
SC is led by new head coach Frank Martin, who spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Kansas State.
The Gamecocks began the season with an overtime victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (82-75) and a 16-point win over Morgan State (87-71).
The Broncs began the season with three home games, winning two, before and after an eight-point 6am loss.
In Rider's recent win over Monmouth junior Daniel Stewart led the way and after three games is averaging 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.
Rider and SC met once before, during the 1982-83 season, with Rider pulling the upset here in Columbia. The Gamecocks were coming off an upset win over 5-0 nationally ranked Purdue and were surprised by the Broncs, falling 63-56. Rider went on to compile a 20-8 record that year before losing to La Salle in the East Coast Conference playoffs.
Following the SC game Rider travels to Dallas, Texas to take on Southern Methodist University. SMU (3-0) also has a new head coach, the legendary Larry Brown. The third and fourth games of the Hoops for Hope Classic take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, against Jacksonville November 23 and
Wisconsin-Milwaukee November 25.