Broncs vs. Mustangs
Rider Takes on SMU in Round 2 of Hoops for Hope Classic
DALLAS, TEXAS-The Rider University men's basketball team plays Southern Methodist University Wednesday night as part of the Hoops for Hope Classic.
The Classic began, for Rider, in Columbia, SC with a 12-point loss to the Gamecocks of the powerful Southeast Conference (SEC), and culminates in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with contests against Jacksonville Friday and Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday.
SMU has dominated Conference USA for a decade, winning the last 10 Director's Cups, and will move to the BIG EAST in the fall. SMU has 17 varsity sports and an enrollment of 11,000 students.
Although football is the flagship sport, the SMU basketball program has turned out 21 NBA draft picks and has won 14 Conference Championships. The Mustangs have been to 10 NCAA Tournaments and have had three All-Americans. SMU plays in the 8,000 seat Moody Coliseum on campus.
SMU is coached for the first year by the legendary Larry Brown. The Hall of Fame coach has won both an NBA title (Detroit Pistons) and an NCAA Championship (Kansas). Brown compiled close to 1100 victories in the NBA and in his seven years on the college level he compiled a 180-61 record (before his 4-0 record this year), reaching the Final Four three times.
This year SMU defeated Loyola Marymount by 15, TCU by 3, Texas State by three and Division II Malone as part of the Classic, despite being one of the youngest teams in the country, with 11 players with just 11 years of experience.
The Mustangs have been led by 6'7" sophomore guard Jalen Jones, who is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds a game. Junior guard Nick Russell is adding 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
SMU and Rider have never met.
Rider (2-2) continues to be led by junior guard Nurideen Lindsey, who has scored 26 points in a game twice in his four games as a Bronc, and is averaging 19 points per game. Three other Broncs, senior guard Jon Thompson, junior swingman Anthony Myles and junior forward Daniel Stewart, are all averaging in double figures.
After SMU the Broncs will spend Turkey Day traveling south of the border. They hope to be giving thanks, as the Hoops for Hope Classic continues.