Broncs Home Today vs. Iona
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Release:  01/19/2013

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Broncs Home Sunday vs. Iona

Rider Hosts First Place Gaels at 2pm

LAWRENCEVILLE-The Rider men's basketball team's four-game winning streak will be put to the test Sunday afternoon when the Broncs host first place Iona.

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.

Iona (12-6, 6-1 MAAC) defeated Fairfield 84-73 Friday night for its sixth straight win.  In that game senior guard Lamont Jones scored 27 points and junior guard Sean Armand scored 23 points.

Iona is led by the three-headed monster of Jones-Armand-Laury.  Jones is scoring better than 22 points per game, while Armand and sophomore forward David Laury are combining for 34 points and 15 rebounds per game.

The Gaels were the MAAC regular season champions last year with a 15-3 conference record.  This year in non-conference games Iona beat Wake Forest, Georgia, Denver, Liberty and Saint Bonaventure. Iona lost by five-points at Saint Joseph's December 28 and hasn't lost since.

Rider's emphasis on defense this year is obvious in the MAAC statistics.  Through 19 games this season Rider ranks first in the MAAC in defensive rebounds, second in field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, block and steals and third in points allowed.

Rider and Iona have met 49 times since the series began in 1949-50, with Rider winning 22, including seven of the last 14. Rider is 13-17 vs. Iona in MAAC regular season play.

The Broncs (10-9, 5-2 MAAC) are coming off a win at Saint Peter's on Thursday night. In that game junior Tommy Pereira made the best of his first collegiate start when he scored a career-high 17 points. The Brit sharp-shooter made five of nine three-pointers, many in crucial times. Pereira was thrown into the starting line-up due to an injury to 18-game starter Nurideen Lindsey, who is also doubtful for Sunday's game.

Rider has its own three-headed monster in juniors Anthony Myles and Daniel Stewart and senior Jonathon Thompson.  The three combine for 35 points and 16 rebounds per game.

Thompson leads the MAAC in assist-turnover ratio and is seventh in steals. Myles is in the top 15 in the MAAC in four different categories. Stewart is fourth in the MAAC in field goal percentage, sixth in rebounding and ninth in free throw percentage.

The Broncs are 5-2 in the MAAC for the first time since the 2007-08 season when Rider began MAAC play 11-2.  In 2010-11 Rider began MAAC play 7-3 and was 9-4.

Rider looks to go 6-2 in conference play and extend its winning streak to five games on Sunday at 2pm in the Broncs' Zoo.

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