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Broncs Host Loyola Sunday Afternoon
Rider Looks to Extend Winning Ways
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider men's basketball team will host Loyola University Maryland in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game for the 16th and final time Sunday afternoon.
The 2pm tip in the newly refurbished Alumni Gymnasium can be seen on the BroncSportsNetwork, with live video streaming on BroncVison and live stats on GameViewer.
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the "TicketLeap" link in this story or in person on game day at the ticket window in the lobby of Alumni Gymnasium. The ticket booth will open on 1 p.m. for Sunday's game.
Loyola is the defending MAAC Champion in men's basketball and the defending National Champion in men's lacrosse. Loyola announced during the summer that it accepted an offer to join the Patriot League beginning in July of 2013.
Since joining the MAAC Rider is 12-3 against Loyola here in The Broncs' Zoo.
The Broncs have won three of their last five meetings with Loyola, but lost the last one just one week ago in Baltimore. In that game Loyola used a 9-1 run to end the first half and a 7-2 run to start the second half to build a 38-27 lead and never trailed again.
The Broncs defeated the Greyhounds 83-79 on February 24, 2012. In that game there were 17 lead changes and 14 ties in a sold out Alumni Gym.
Rider (8-9, 3-2 MAAC) is coming off a 69-60 win at Manhattan Thursday night and a 72-53 win over Siena last Sunday. Against Manhattan juniors Daniel Stewart and Anthony Myles each compiled a 'double-double' and combined for 35 points and 30 rebounds.
Rider currently has four players scoring in double figures (Anthony Myles 12.7, Nurideen Lindsey 10.7, Jonathon Thompson 10.4 and Daniel Stewart 10.7), while Stewart, Myles and Thompson are combining for 15.8 rebounds per game.
Loyola (12-5, 4-1 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 have won their last three games, including an overtime win over Fairfield Friday night. In other MAAC action, Loyola lost at home to Niagara by one point and defeated Saint Peter's twice.
Grad Student Erik Etherly, a 6-7 forward, scored 20 points Friday night against Fairfield and is averaging 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Etherly is the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.
Junior guard Dylon Cormier scored 19 points Friday night and is averaging 17.1 points per game. Senior guard Robert Olson has made a team-high 28 three-pointers and is averaging 11.8 points per game.
Loyola's last MAAC game in the Broncs' Zoo this Sunday at 2pm.