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Broncs in Cable Car Classic

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Release: November 27, 2013
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Courtesy: Donte Carty (Rider University)

Men’s College Basketball

Broncs at Cable Car Classic Friday, Saturday

SAN JOSE, CALIFORINIA--Do you know the way to San Jose?  I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.

In the 1960s Burt Bacharach wrote those words and Dionne Warwick sang them. Now the Broncs are living them.

The Rider men’s basketball team checked into the San Jose Marriott today, in preparation for its fourth and fifth road games of this young season.

The 1-3 Broncs will try to find their way this weekend, playing in the 47th annual Cable Car Classic, hosted by Santa Clara University.

Do you know the way to San Jose?  I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

Rider will look for some peace of mind when it takes on Rice Friday evening in the first round game, beginning at 9pm Eastern time. The game between Rider and Rice can been seen live for free at GoBroncs.com and heard on 107.7 FM The Bronc, with the voice of Rider basketball, Daryl Fein, bringing you all of the action for the 18th year.

Do you know the way to San Jose?  They've got a lot of space. There'll be a place where I can stay.

Rider isn’t actually playing in San Jose, just sleeping there. The Broncs aren’t actually playing in San Francisco, either, as the name ‘Cable Car Classic’ might imply.

Santa Clara is located in the Silicon Valley, approximately 45 miles southeast of the City by the Bay.  The Silicon Valley continues to be a leading hub for high-tech innovation and development.

The Rider Broncs are looking for development,  in becoming a winning team, starting this weekend.

In the first four games of the season Rider has been led by the usual suspects, Preseason All-MAAC seniors Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) and Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech). The two have combined for 31.8 points and 9.1 rebounds this year.  Stewart recently joined the 1,000 career point club and Myles needs just 24 points to become the next member.

In the home opener Rider received some high tech innovation from JT3, freshman Jimmie Taylor III (Branford, Fla./Suwannee).  Taylor had his break-out game as a rookie to date when he scored 10 points in a 17-2 Rider run that cut the Albany lead to 49-41 with 7:20 left to play. Taylor finished with a career-high 17 points.

Standing in Rider’s way Friday will be the Rice Owls.

Rice plays in Conference USA and is coming into the tournament off of a 14-point loss to Princeton on Saturday.  Rice has balanced scoring, with four players averaging between 12.6 points and 10.4 points per game. Their sixth all-time leading scorer, Tamir Jackson, graduated from the team that was 5-26 last year.

On Saturday Rider will either play host Santa Clara or North Dakota State.

The host Broncos, who play in the West Coast Conference, won 26 games last year and in the postseason won the College Basketball Invitational. Santa Clara won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011.

NDSU lost to South Dakota State in the Summit League Championship game last year after compiling 24 wins and come into the tournament with a 2-3 record.

Like Rider, Rice and NDSU found their way to San Jose and are competing for the 47th Cable Car Classic title.

The Classic has a rich history. Michael Jordan played in it for North Carolina, Ralph Sampson played in it for Virginia, and Kevin Baggett played in it for St. Joseph’s.

Although Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick never played in it.

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