Men’s College Basketball
Broncs Heading to East Carol
GREENVILLE, NC—The Rider Broncs will travel to East Carolina for the second round of the Fifth Annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament for a game Saturday at 5pm.
Rider (19-14) won a national postseason tournament game for the first time since 1957 on Tuesday, defeating Hartford 63-54 in Connecticut.
East Carolina (19-12) of Conference USA defeated Savannah State 66-65 on Tuesday in a game played in Greenville.
The Pirates lost to Tulsa in the C-USA Tournament in Tulsa, after winning five of their last seven regular season games.
East Carolina is led by senior forward Maurice Kemp, a First Team All-Conference USA selection this year. Kemp is averaging 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Miguel Paul was a Second Team All-C-USA and is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists per game.
Junior guard Akeem Richmond comes in off the bench to add 11.4 points per game, making over three 3-pointers per contest to lead C-USA.
C-USA Champ Memphis is in the NCAA tournament as a #6 seed and Southern Miss. is a #1 seed in the NIT. Tulsa of C-USA also won a first round game in the CIT.
This is Rider’s fourth postseason tournament in the last six years. In 2011 Rider played Northern Iowa in the CIT. In 2009 the Broncs played Liberty in the CIT. In 2008 Rider played Old Dominion in the CBI.
The Broncs have won six of their last seven games and eight of their last 10.
Rider and East Carolina have never met in men’s basketball.
The winner Saturday night will advance to the quarterfinal round March 26-27.