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Men’s College Basketball
Broncs Travel to CCSU Saturday
NEW BRITAIN, CT—The Rider men’s basketball team will look to get one in the win column Saturday night when the Broncs take on the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State.
The game time Saturday has been changed from 8pm to 6pm and the contest can be heard on 107.7 FM The Bronc and also at www.GoBroncs.com. Video streaming is also available for free at NEC Front Row.
CCSU (0-3) began the season losing 93-77 to Yale, 109-73 at Purdue and most recently 83-69 at Northeastern. The Blue Devils had been led by junior guard Kyle Vinales, who is averaging 26 points per game, making six three-pointers, but he missed the Northeastern game last Saturday due to an injury. Against Northeastern redshirt freshman Khalen Cumberland had a career high 20 points, 14 in the second half.
The Blue Devils finished the 2012-13 season 13-17 overall, 9-9 in the Northeast Conference.
CCSU won the NEC in 2006-07 with a 21-win season, going 12-5 in conference play, and played Ohio State in the NCAA tournament. In 2010-11 CCSU win 19 games, it’s last winning season. CCSU has taken part in the NEC tournament 15 consecutive years, the longest active streak in the conference. CCSU has won three NEC Titles (2000, 2002, 2007) and has produced five NEC Players of the Year.
The last time Rider and Central Connecticut met was a 64-56 Bronc victory in the championship game of the 1997-98 Franklin Life Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston. In the first round of that tournament Rider defeated the host Cougars, the only time ever that C of C did not play in the championship game of its own tournament.
Rider and Central Connecticut were East Coast Conference rivals the last two years Rider was in the ECC (1990-91 and 1991-92). The two teams have met seven times since the series began in 1985-86 with the Broncs winning six. The lone CCSU win over Rider was in 1990-91 here in New Britain.
The Broncs (0-2) have been led by their Preseason All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference seniors, forward Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) and guard Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech).
Stewart became Rider’s most recent 1,000 point scorer and has compiled 40 points in the first two games of the season. Myles is on track to become the next Bronc to reach 1,000 points (needs 55 heading into the CCSU game) and is averaging 15.5 points per game this year.
Rider was recently bolstered by the return of sophomore Zedric Sadler (Detroit, Mich/Cody), who was sidelined with a preseason injury. In Rider’s four-point loss at Purdue, Sadler played 19 minutes off the bench and compiled 11 points and two rebounds.
After CCSU Rider plays the home opener November 26 against Albany.