Men's College Basketball
Rutgers University 68, Rider University 56
PISCATAWAY- The "fiscal cliff" is what the Federal Reserve Board has called the many major fiscal events, including the end of important tax-relief provisions, that could happen simultaneously at the close of 2012. The impact from going over the cliff is believed to be a recession.
The Broncs continue to be in their own recession, losing for the third consecutive time, a game at Rutgers Friday afternoon that was a real cliff hanger for 35 minutes.
Rider (6-7) trailed 52-49 with 5:24 left to play before Rutgers (9-2) went on a 14-3 run, eight points by Eli Carter, to send Rider over the cliff.
Carter finished with 15 points, all in the second half.
The Broncs used three different 8-2 runs in the game to keep it close, including one with 9:15 remaining to cut the lead to 48-45 and one with 15:45 left to cut the lead to 34-33.
Rider junior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) scored six points in that run and finished with 14 points.
"This was a missed opportunity," said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. "But credit Rutgers. They did a really good job attacking us in the post. We battled and had some chances."
Rider junior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) made all 14 of his foul shots and finished with a game-high 20 points. "I knew I had to come out and play better than I did at Princeton," Stewart said, after being shutout his last game. "We had a real opportunity today but we committed too many crucial turnovers."
"Danny did a great job being aggressive today," Baggett said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win today and for the most part I am proud of our guys."
Rutgers out-scored Rider 5-0 over the final 2:06 of the first half to take a 24-21 lead at the half.
Wally Judge and Kadeem Jack combined for 18 of Rutgers' 24 first half points but the two combined for just four second half points.
Dane Miller scored 18 points to lead the Scarlet Knights.
Both teams had 33 rebounds.
Rider shot just .304 from the field but made 22 of 23 foul shots to keep the game close.
"There were some positives today but shooting 30 percent isn't going to get it done," Baggett said. "The effort was there and some guys played well, we just needed to make some shots."
The Broncs committed 16 turnovers, compared to eight for Rutgers. "We have to take care of the ball," Baggett said. "It seemed we committed turnovers at the most inopportune times."
There were two lead changes in the game and the score was tied five times, all in the first half.
Rider went on its first 8-2 run to take a 12-8 lead with 8:10 left in the first half.
Rider senior Jonathon Thompson (Orlando, Fla./Jones) scored just four points but had seven assists and held Rutgers' Myles Mack to just one point, 14.9 points below his average. "Jon played well for us today," Baggett said.
Rider looks to scale this cliff on the final day of 2012.
The Broncs travel down Interstate 95 to the University of Delaware New Year's Eve day for a 2pm contest. "We have to figure it out, find a way to win," Baggett said. "We're a resilient bunch. We'll come back from this. It is a long season. We played hard, we battled. Going forward we'll be fine."
"We lost this game but we can't let ourselves be defeated," Myles said. "We're building. We'll come back on Monday and play hard."