Rider Playing with Dolphins in Mexico
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO-The Rider basketball team will take on Jacksonville University Friday afternoon in the third game of the Hoops for Hope Classic.
Both teams come in with a 2-3 record.
Jacksonville is coming off a 78-56 loss at Arkansas Little Rock on Wednesday, while the Broncs are coming off an 83-70 loss at SMU on Wednesday.
Rider and Jacksonville have only met once, with the Dolphins winning 77-72 in the 1958-59 Quantico Tournament.
Jacksonville competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Last year the Dolphins were 8-22 overall, 6-12 in conference play. In the A-Sun tournament last year Jacksonville lost in the first round to the top seed, Belmont, by 10 points.
Jacksonville went to the Final Four in 1970, led by Artis Gilmore, and lost the Title Game to UCLA. In 1971 Jacksonville was the first NCAA team to ever average 100 points per game for the season, and that was before the three-point field goal.
The Dolphins do not have any players scoring in double figures, but have four players averaging between 9.8 ppg and 7.8 ppg.
Head coach Cliff Warren is in his eighth year at Jacksonville, and his 102 career wins is just six shy of the program record.
Rider has been playing a bit of an NBA-type schedule, playing Saturday, traveling Sunday, playing Monday, traveling Tuesday, playing Wednesday, traveling Thursday and playing Friday and Sunday before traveling home Monday.
The Broncs continue to be led by junior Nurideen Lindsey, who is averaging 18 points per game. Junior Anthony Myles is adding 12.6 points and senior Jonathon Thompson is contributing 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Thompson's 282 career assists are 16th most ever at Rider.
Friday's game will be the 100th in Thompson's Rider career.
This is Rider's second trip to Mexico in four years. The Broncs played in the Cancun Challenge during the 2009-10 season, losing at Virginia and at Kentucky before defeating Florida A&M and losing to Sam Houston State in Mexico.