Men’s College Basketball
Purdue University 81, Rider University 77
WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA—A tornado swept through Indiana Sunday afternoon, giving the Purdue University campus a scare.
The Rider men’s basketball team blew into Mackey Arena on the Purdue campus Sunday night and gave the BIG 10 Boilermakers an even bigger scare, building a nine-point lead with 15 minutes left to play.
Just as the Indiana residents survived the storm, the heavily favored Boilermakers survived the visiting Broncs, as Purdue out-lasted Rider.
“There were some positives that came out of this, but still, there are no moral victories in this,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “This was a step in the right direction that I was happy to see, however, after our first game.”
Trailing 67-64, Purdue (3-0) went on a 13-3 run, eight points by Ronnie Johnson, to take a 77-70 lead with 1:37 left to play. That was the fifth and final lead change of the game. Johnson finished with 16 points.
Rider (0-2) cut the lead to 77-75 with :37 left when freshman Jimmie Taylor (Suwannee, Fla./Suwannee) scored a basket and senior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) hit a three-pointer, but that was as close as Rider could get.
Taylor finished with 13 points and five assists. Myles finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Rider out-scored Purdue 15-6 in the first 4:20 of the second half, five points by senior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti), including his 1,000th career point, to give the Broncs a 55-46 lead. Stewart finished with 16 points and six rebounds and now has 1,004 career points.
“You know what you are going to get with Daniel,” Baggett said of his senior captain. “He’s going to give you everything he has. He had another solid performance tonight,. We just need to keep him out of foul trouble.” Stewart played 27 minutes before fouling out on a questionable fifth foul call.
Trailing 36-23, Rider went on a 17-4 run, five points by sophomore Khalil Alford (Raleigh, NC/Fishburne Military) and four points by Taylor, to tie the score at 40-40 at the half.
Alford finished with seven points.
Rider sophomore Zedric Sadler (Detroit, Mich/Cody) saw his first action of the season, coming off a preseason injury and finished with 11 points, making five of seven shots in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Broncs made 15 of 16 foul shots in the first half and out-rebounded the Boilermakers 20-15. For the game, Rider made 24 of 31 foul shots and out-rebounded the BIG 10 Boilermakers 37-33. “We didn’t make our foul shots at the end of the game and that hurt us,” Baggett said. “As far as the rebounds, that was a point of emphasis for us tonight.”
Rider led 13-8 on five points each by Stewart and Myles before Purdue went on an 11-0 run to take a 19-13 lead with 12:26 left in the first half.
The Broncs hit the road for a third time, traveling to New Britain, CT to take on Central Connecticut State November 23.
The Rider home opener is November 26 against Albany.