Men's College Basketball
Princeton University 62, Rider University 45
PRINCETON--There are several schools of thought as to what will happen when the 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar comes to an end on December 21.
Members of the "New Age" movement believe there will be a shift in human consciousness, a mass enlightenment.
Doomsday believers say it will be Armageddon, possibly involving a black hole waiting to suck earth in. Several arks have been built.
Most people say December 21 will simply be Friday, four shopping days left until Christmas.
Rider head coach Kevin Baggett saw his team's offense go into a black hole Thursday night, scoring a 12-year low 45 points.
"We're going backwards right now," Baggett said after his team lost for a second straight game. "Give Princeton credit, they made us look like a bad team. We're not a good team right now."
Coach Baggett isn't ready to build an ark yet for his season, after the Broncs (6-6) fell back to .500.
"We're going to make some changes," Baggett said.
Baggett is hoping for a shift in his team's consciousness as well as enlightenment after his team lost for the second straight game.
Despite 18 points and six rebounds from junior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech), the Broncs lost at Princeton Thursday night. "We had more than enough time (11 days off between games for exams) to prepare for this game," Myles said. "It's disappointing when we don't execute."
Holding a 33-27 lead, Princeton (4-6) out-scored Rider 21-7, six points each by Denton Koon and Hans Brase, to take a 54-34 lead with 6:35 left to play.
Brase finished with 17 points while Koon compiled 15 points and six rebounds. "Brace is a good player and he gave them a spark tonight," Baggett said. "He played very well."
Princeton out-scored Rider 10-6 over the final 4:41 of the first half to take a 27-21 lead at intermission.
Senior Jonathon Thompson (Orlando, Fla./Jones) added 14 points for the Broncs.
PU out-rebounded Rider 36-20. The Broncs shot just .364 from the field, while the Tigers shot .542 from the field. "We were stagnant on offense," Myles said.
"They beat us in every facet," Baggett said. "You aren't going to beat Princeton when you allow them to pick you apart like that."
Despite being just 6.6 miles apart this was just the 13th meeting between Rider and Princeton since the series began in 1931.
With the loss Rider is now 4-3 on the road this season.
Rider travels to Rutgers December 28 for a 3pm game. That is, unless the doomsday believers were correct.