Men’s College Basketball
North Dakota State 87, Rider University 70
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA— Cable cars are pulled by a cable running below the street, held by a grip that extends from the car through a slit in the street surface, between the rails. To stop and start the movement of the car, the gripman closes and opens the grip around the cable.
In the Cable Car Classic Championship Game, hosted by Santa Clara University, the Rider Broncs lost their grip on the defensive end of the floor.
The Broncs lost to NDSU Saturday night in the title game of the 47th annual Cable Car Classic. “We played two really good teams out here,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett, “but we have a lot of work to do.”
Named to the all-tournament team from the Broncs (2-4) was senior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech). “Anthony was about the only one we could rely on the entire tournament to help us get things done,” Baggett said.
Myles scored 23 points in the title game Saturday after scoring a career-high 27 points in the opening game win over Rice.
North Dakota is known as the Roughrider state. On Saturday night NDSU gave the Broncs a rough ride.
The Bison (4-3) out-scored Rider 15-8 to start the second half, seven points by Mike Felt, to take a 53-37 lead with 13:08 left. Felt finished with 23 points
One of North Dakota’s most famous residents was Sacagawea, who served as a guide for Lewis and Clark. On Saturday night the Broncs lost their way on defense and could have used Sacagawea to guide them.
NDSU shot 61.5 percent from the field for the game and led by as many as 21 points in the second half.
“We’re playing poor defense right now,” Baggett said. “We’re just not good defensively.”
Trailing 32-15, Rider went on a 10-0 run, three points each by freshman Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, Fla./Blanche Ely) and sophomore Khalil Alford (Raleigh, NC/Fishburne Military), to cut the lead to 32-25 with 3:14 left in the first half, and NDSU led 38-29 at half time.
Thomas finished with 10 points in 17 minutes off the bench. “Kahlil is playing better,” Baggett said.
Alford finished with eight points in 17 minutes off the bench.
Also for Rider, freshman Jimmie Taylor III (Branford, Fla./Suwannee) compiled 14 points and five rebounds. “Jimmie is a freshman who is still figuring things out but he gave us solid numbers in the tournament,” Baggett said.
Holding a 17-13 lead, NDSU went on a 15-2 run, four points by Marshall Bjorklund, to take a 32-15 lead with 4:58 left in the first half. Bjorklund finished with 19 points.
Trailing 6-4, NDSU out-scored Rider 13-3, seven points by Felt, to take a 17-9 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Rider will now travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic, taking on new conference rival Monmouth in West Long Branch, NJ in the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season.
“It’s going to take some time with this team,” Baggett said. “We need time and patience.”