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Broncs Take on Manhattan
RIVERDALE, NY-The Rider men's basketball team will travel to Riverdale, NY Thursday evening to take on the Jaspers of Manhattan College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
The 7pm contest can be seen live on your computer at ESPN3.
Rider (7-9, 2-2 MAAC) is coming off a 19-point victory over Siena.
The Jaspers (4-10, 2-2 MAAC) are coming off an eight-point loss to Iona.
Rider is 4-6 away from home this year while Manhattan is 2-1 in its home Draddy Gymnasium.
Last year the away team won in both of the contests between Rider and Manhattan. The Jaspers won 71-55 at Rider before the Broncs won 88-77 at Manhattan on January 2, 2012, the last meeting.
Manhattan was one of the strongest basketball programs in the MAAC in the first half of the last decade, competing in either the NCAAs or the NIT four times in a five-year period. Manhattan was in the 2003 and the 2004 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 and 2006 NIT. In 2006 the Jaspers defeated FDU and Maryland in the NIT.
The Jaspers were 21-13 last year, 12-6 in the MAAC. As the third seed, Manhattan lost to the sixth seed, Siena, in the quarterfinals of the MAAC tournament but was rewarded for its 20-win season by an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, where the Jaspers beat Albany before losing to Fairfield.
Since Rider joined the MAAC, the Broncs are 20-12 against the Jaspers, including 1-1 in post-season. Rider has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including four in a row before losing to the Jaspers last year at Rider. Rider also beat Manhattan by 29 points on December 2, 2010 in Draddy Gym.
Two of Manhattan's best players, senior forward George Beamon (16.8 ppg, 6.3 rebounds) and junior guard Michael Alvarado (8.4 ppg, 2.3 assists), have been injured and are doubtful for Rider's game. Junior forward Rhamel Brown is leading the Jaspers with 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Broncs continue to have balanced scoring, with four players (Anthony Myles, Nurideen Lindsey, Jonathon Thompson and Daniel Stewart) averaging between 12.7 and 10.0 points per game. Stewart leads the rebounders with 5.9 per contest.
Following the Manhattan road trip the Broncs return to the friendly confines of Alumni Gymnasium to host Loyola Sunday afternoon at 2pm.