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Broncs Home Sunday
Host New MAAC Member Quinnipiac
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider men’s basketball team will return to Alumni Gymnasium for just the second time this season to host Quinnipiac University in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Sunday at 2pm.
Quinnipiac (5-2, 1-0 MAAC) played it’s first-ever MAAC game Friday night, defeating Fairfield 83-79. In that game 6’9” junior forward Ousmane Drame scored 22 points for the Bobcats, making 11 of 12 foul shots. Fairfield’s last lead was with five minutes left in the first half.
The Bobcats won four of their first five games before losing by three points to Boston University. The Bobcats have balanced scoring, with five players averaging between 10 and 15 points per game. Junior guard Zaid Hearst is averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds, while senior forward Ike Azotam is contributing 14.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
The Broncs have played and defeated Quinnipiac twice, in 1970-71 (79-75) and in 2003-04 (89-70). The last meeting was in the first round of the Hawaii Hilo Tournament.
Rider (3-4, 1-0 MAAC) is coming off an 89-83 win at Monmouth Thursday evening. In that game seniors Daniel Stewart and Anthony Myles combined for 49 points. The pair scored 25 of Rider’s final 28 points of the game, making 21 of 25 foul shots.
Quinnipiac, the newest member of the MAAC, is located in Hamden, Connecticut, at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park, and is home to the well-known Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. It was founded in 1929 as the Connecticut College of Commerce. It was renamed Quinnipiac in 1951, in honor of the Quinnipiac Indian tribe which lived in that area, and the College moved from New Haven to the Mount Carmel section of Hamden in 1966. It changed from Quinnipiac College to University in July of 2000. Notable Quinnipiac alums include former superstitious MLB relief pitcher Turk Wendell, opera singer Arnold Voketaitis and Murray Lender, CEO of Lender’s Bagels.
The Bobcats were 15-16 overall last year, 11-7 in the Northeast Conference. The 2012-13 season ended with a pair of losses at LIU Brooklyn, in the regular season finale and in the NEC quarterfinals. QU’s top four scorers from last year return this year. QU beat both MAAC Champ Iona and America East Champ Albany last year. QU enjoyed back-to-back 20-win seasons (23 in 2010, 22 in 2011), winning the NEC regular season in 2010.
Sunday will also be Academic Achievement Day, as 226 Rider student-athletes will be honored for their high grade point averages.
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