Broncs Prepare for Princeton
Now that the final exams are over for the first semester, the Rider men's basketball team will be tested Thursday night when the Broncs travel up Route 206 to take on the Princeton Tigers, Rider's first game in 11 days.
Game time is 7pm in Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by clicking on the link below.
Rider lost 72-71 in overtime to Princeton last year, the first time the Tigers ever played in Rider's Alumni Gym. In that game Mack Darrow made one basket, but it happened to be a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to win the game.
The two teams, separated by 6.6 miles, have only met 12 times since the series began in 1931.
The Broncs beat Princeton at the Sovereign Bank Arena in 2002-03 and the Tigers defeated Rider at Princeton's Jadwin Gym during the 2001-02 season.
Princeton (3-6, 0-0 Ivy) is coming off a 63-60 loss to Fordham on Saturday as part of a triple header played in Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the Tigers' second straight loss.
The Tigers began the season with a win at Buffalo before losing consecutive home games to Northeastern and Rutgers and by 20 points at Syracuse. Princeton won at Lafayette before losing in overtime at Wagner but won at Kent State before losing at home to Drexel.
The Tigers are led by senior forward Ian Hummer, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week the last two weeks. Hummer is averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Last year Hummer had 21 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Alumni Gym.
Princeton won 20 games last year, was 10-4 in the Ivy League, and won a game in the College Basketball Invitational at Evansville before losing to Pitt. The year before the Tigers went to the NCAA tournament.
The Broncs (6-5, 1-1 MAAC) have been concentrating on defense the first 11 games of the season and currently rank first in the MAAC in steals, second in defensive rebounds and blocked shots, and third in both field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense.
On the other end of the floor, Rider has balanced scoring, with four players averaging between 12.6 and 9.8 points per game.
Junior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) is averaging 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, while junior Nurideen Lindsey (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) is scoring 12.5 ppg. Junior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) is scoring 9.8 ppg while leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Senior Jonathon Thompson (Orlando, Fla./Jones), who leads the MAAC in steals, is contributing 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Thompson is now 13th in career assists at Rider with 308, just six behind Rich Weise '82.
The Broncs are 4-2 on the road this season and after Princeton travel to Rutgers December 28, to Delaware December 31 and to Loyola Maryland January 4 to resume conference play.
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