MAAC Play Returns
Broncs Travel to Preseason Favorite Loyola One Last Time
BALTIMORE, MD-The Rider men's basketball team will travel to Baltimore Friday for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game for the 16th and final time.
Loyola University Maryland announced during the summer that it accepted an offer to join the Patriot League beginning in July of 2013.
Loyola is the defending MAAC Champion in men's basketball and the defending National Champion in men's lacrosse.
The Broncs have won three of their last four meetings with Loyola. The Broncs defeated the Greyhounds 83-79 on February 24, 2012, the last meeting. In that game there were 17 lead changes and 14 ties in a sold out Alumni Gym. When Rider last traveled to Loyola's Reitz Arena, February 3, 2012, the Greyhounds won 63-46.
Rider (6-8, 1-1 MAAC) currently has four players scoring in double figures (Anthony Myles 12.7, Nurideen Lindsey 11.5, Jonathon Thompson 10.5 and Daniel Stewart 10.1), while Stewart, Myles and Thompson are combining for 15 rebounds per game.
Loyola (9-5, 1-1 MAAC) is a veteran group, with two graduate students, a senior and two juniors in the starting line-up, and is picked to win the MAAC this year.
The Greyhounds won nine of their first 12 games, including a six game winning streak, before losing by 20 at home to Bucknell December 28 and by 14 at Memphis December 30.
Junior guard Dylon Cormier has made 78 foul shots (twice as many as any other Greyhound) and is averaging 17.4 points per game. Senior guard Robert Olson has made a team-high 25 three-pointers and is averaging 11.5 points per game. Grad Student Erik Etherly, a 6-7 forward, is adding 14.2 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. Etherly is the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year but missed five games with a shoulder injury.
In MAAC action, Loyola lost at home to Niagara by one point and defeated Saint Peter's by six points at the IZOD Center in the Meadowlands.
Loyola is 4-2 at home this year. Rider is 6-9 at Reitz Arena in MAAC games.
The Broncs will play one more in the Reitz Arena Friday.