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Rider Hosts Stags Sunday
LAWRENCEVILLE-The Rider men's basketball team has won four of its last five games and will seek its first three-game winning streak of the season when it host Fairfield University in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Sunday afternoon.
The 2pm 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 "purchase tickets online" 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 on 1 p.m. for Sunday's game.
The Broncs (6-4, 1-0 MAAC) are coming off a MAAC win at Siena Friday night. In that game Anthony Myles and Jonathon Thompson combined for 32 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. Daniel Stewart grabbed 10 rebounds and Nurideen Lindsey added 11 points and a pair of steals. Zedric Sadler led Rider on a 14-4 first-half run that gave the Broncs a 2-16 lead and Rider never trailed again. Sadler finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, a pair of blocks, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes of work.
This year's start is the best since Rider began the 2010-11 season 6-4 overall. The last time Rider was 7-4 was when the Broncs began the 2007-08 season 8-4.
Fairfield opened MAAC play Friday night with a 67-55 loss at home to Canisius. Canisius held Fairfield scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the second half while building a 61-49 lead. Fairfield spent the first three-plus weeks of the season on the road, traveling more than 5,000 miles to play its first eight games. The road trip included stops in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Tennessee. The Stags split their opening eight games, which included match ups with Virginia, Providence, and DePaul. The last game of the trip resulted in a 74-55 win over Austin Peay University, the Stags' largest margin of victory this season.
The Stags lost to Loyola by four points in the 2012 MAAC Title Game and won three home games in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament before losing by five points to Mercer in the CIT semifinal. Fairfield finished the 2011-12 season with a 22-15 record.
The Broncs played Fairfield three times last year, defeating the Stags here in Alumni Gym in the regular season finale before losing to Fairfield by two points in the MAAC quarterfinals. Rider lost by 9 points at Fairfield last season. These two teams have met 50 times since the series began in 1951-52, with Rider winning 23, including seven of the last 12. Rider is 16-15 against Fairfield since joining the MAAC, including a postseason win in the 2005 MAAC semifinals.
Rider finishes up the non-conference portion of the schedule with local road trips to Princeton, Rutgers and Delaware. The Broncs visit the cross-town Tigers Thursday.