Broncs Begin MAAC Play
Travel to Siena Friday, Host Fairfield Sunday
ALBANY, NY-The Rider men's basketball team interrupts its non-conference portion of the schedule with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games this weekend, at Siena Friday night and home against Fairfield Sunday afternoon.
Over the last six years, Siena and Fairfield are the only teams in the 10-team MAAC that have more wins than Rider.
The Broncs defeated Siena 83-72 in the last meeting, January 29, 2012 at Rider, but lost 83-72 the last time they came to the Times Union Center, January 12, 2012.
Rider (5-4) enters Friday's game with the second most wins in the MAAC, having won three of the last four.
Tonight's game will be televised on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In the Capital District on channel 50 or channel 1803, as well as On Demand 48 hours after the final buzzer. The game will also air live in New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, Northern New York and on systems in the Southern Tier.
The Broncs have four players scoring in double figures, led by junior guard Nurideen Lindsey's 14.0 ppg. Junior forward Daniel Stewart and junior swing man Anthony Myles are combining for 23.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Senior point guard Jonathon Thompson is adding 10.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and leads the MAAC in steals.
Siena (2-6) has lost its last five games. On Tuesday Siena held the defending Atlantic 10 Champions to 58 points in a 15-point loss to St. Bonaventure. In that game St. Bonaventure out-scored host Siena 15-3 in the final minutes. The 43 points scored is the lowest for Siena in 17 years.
Siena began the season with a one-point home loss to Vermont, before winning in overtime at Navy. In the NUCDF Challenge in San Diego, Siena lost to Cal State Northridge by four points, defeated Northern Kentucky by four points and lost at San Diego by 17. On December 1 the Saints lost to cross-town rival Albany.
The Saints have four players scoring in double figures led by 5'8" Evan Hymes and 6'8" O.D. Anosike. Hymes has 19 three-pointers and is averaging over 14 points per game. Anosike is averaging a MAAC-high 13.3 rebounds per game along with 13 points.
The Saints finished 14-17 overall last year, 8-10 in the MAAC. Siena was 10-4 at home, however. The 2011-12 Saints upset the third seed, Manhattan in the MAAC tournament before losing to the second seed and eventual champion Loyola 70-60 in the semi-finals.
Sunday afternoon the Broncs are home for the last time until January 6.