RU Going to RU Friday
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  12/26/2012

Courtesy: Donte Carty (Rider University)
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RU Going to RU Friday

PISCATAWAY-The Rider men's basketball team will take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers Friday afternoon at 3pm. The game was originally scheduled for 7:30pm but was moved to the afternoon due to the Rutgers football game.

Rutgers (8-2) has won four in a row and eight of its last nine games, including a 79-55 win over Howard on December 21 and an 88-79 win over UAB on December 16. Rutgers shot 60 percent from the field in both of those games.

The Scarlet Knights are led by a pair of sophomore guards from Paterson, Eli Carter and Myles Mack, who combine for over 32 points per game. Mack leads the BIG EAST and ranks third nationally in free throw percentage. He is also among the league's best in three-point field goal percentage (second), field goal percentage (sixth), three pointers made (eighth), steals (11th) and scoring (12th).

Rider and Rutgers have met 15 times since the series began in 1947-48, with the Broncs winning in the Louis Brown Athletic Center on December 21, 2007. Three other games have gone overtime.

Rutgers won the last two meetings, 66-62 at the Sovereign Bank Arena during the 2008-09 season and in overtime (80-70) at the RAC in 2009-10, the last meeting.

In 1983-84 the Broncs lost 63-62 in overtime.  Rider lost by four points in the 1984-85 season opener, and lost again in overtime to start the 1986-87 season.

Rider hosted Rutgers twice, both times at the Sovereign Bank Arena. The first was the 1999-2000 season opener, which pitted Rutgers head coach Kevin Bannon against his former Rider assistant, Rider head coach (and now AD) Don Harnum.

The Broncs are looking to get back over .500 after losing their last two games.

Rider (6-6) is led by junior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech), who is averaging 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Myles has made a team-high 20 three-pointers this year.

Senior Jonathon Thompson (Orlando, Fla./Jones) and junior Nurideen Lindsey (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) are combining for 23 points and over five assists per game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the door of the RAC or at the following link:

 http://www.scarletknights.com/tickets/basketball-men.asp

The Broncs travel down Interstate 95 to the University of Delaware New Year's Eve day for a 2pm contest.

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