Broncs Host Canisius Tonight
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Release:  01/24/2013

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Broncs Host Canisius Friday

Face Talented Golden Griffins 7pm

LAWRENCEVILLE-One of the best Canisius College teams in recent years will be coming to play the Broncs Friday night.

The 7pm 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 6 p.m. for Friday's game.

After a 5-25 season last year, Canisius (12-7, 5-3 MAAC) jumped out to a 6-1 start this year and was 8-2 after winning at Temple. The Griffs were 10-5 and 3-1 in the MAAC before losing to 3-13 Siena and by 10 points at Iona.

The Griffs have won their last two games, including a 76-44 win over Siena in Buffalo on Saturday. 

Senior guard Isaac Sosa scored 18 points in that game and was named the MAAC Player of the Week over Rider's Tommy Pereira.  Junior guard Billy Baron is averaging 16.4 points. Sosa and senior guard Harold Washington are combining for 26 points per game.

As a team Canisius leads the MAAC in three point field goal percentage, is second in the MAAC in both field goal percentage and free throw shooting and three-pointers made and is third in the conference in scoring.

Rider (11-9, 6-2 MAAC), on the other hand, is 10th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense.

The Broncs have won five in a row, the longest winning streak since winning six straight in 2010-11. Rider won 10 straight in 2007-08.

The Broncs have junior Nurideen Lindsey (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) back in the line-up Friday. Lindsey was averaging 10.2 points per game, starting the first 18 games, before missing the last two contests with a concussion. 

In Lindsey's absence, junior Tommy Pereira (Nottingham, England/Canarias Basketball Academy) had a pair of career games and was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Player of the Week from the MAAC. Pereira is third in the MAAC in three-point field goal percentage.

Junior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech), junior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) and senior Jonathon Thompson (Orlando, Fla./Jones) are combining for 35 points and 16 rebounds per game.

Thompson is second in the MAAC in assist-turnover ratio, sixth in field goal percentage and seventh in steals. Thompson now has 336 career assists, ninth most ever at Rider.

Stewart is fourth in the MAAC in field goal percentage, sixth in rebounding  and ninth in free throw percentage.  Stewart now has 588 career rebounds, 20th most ever at Rider.

Myles is in the top 20 in the MAAC in four categories, including 16th in scoring.

Rider is currently tied for second place in the MAAC with Loyola and Iona, behind 7-1 Niagara.  Canisius is fifth.

Rider defeated Canisius twice last season, 89-65 at Rider and 71-66 in Buffalo.  

Two years ago Canisius came to Lawrenceville and won 67-65. It was the first time EVER Canisius won in Alumni Gym (1-14). Rider ended Canisius' season that year, 2011, in the MAAC quarterfinals.

Since joining the MAAC Rider is 27-7 against Canisius, which includes 3-1 in postseason play. The overall series began in 1929-30 and Rider has won 29 of the 35 meetings.

The Broncs play their third straight home game Sunday at 4pm, hosting Manhattan.

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