Basketball Twin Bill Saturday
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  12/12/2013

Anthony Myles, Mikal Johnson
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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College Basketball

Doubleheader in the Zoo Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Rider University’s Alumni Gymnasium, the Broncs’ Zoo, will be the site of a college basketball doubleheader Saturday, December 14.

The Rider women will host Binghamton at 1pm followed by the Rider men hosting Wagner.

The Rider women (2-5, 0-0 MAAC) have been off for exams and have not played since going 1-1 at the Navy Classic. At Navy sophomore guard Mikal Johnson and junior guard Lashay Banks earned All-Tournament team honors.  The two are combining for 21.5 points per game on the season. 

The Broncs have been led by senior forward MyNeshia McKenzie, who ranks second in the MAAC in both scoring (17.9ppg) and rebounding (10.7).

Binghamton (1-8, 0-0 America East) lost by 26 points at Princeton on Wednesday, the fourth straight loss for the Bearcats. It is the second four-game losing streak of the season for Binghamton.  Against Princeton, Binghamton dressed just nine players. Vaneeshia Paulk scored 15 points and Stephanie Jensen added 12. Those two senior guards are combining for 13.5 ppg. for the season. The Bearcats are led by junior forward Sherae Swinson, who is averaging 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Rider and Binghamton began playing each other three years ago. Rider won the last meeting by 10 points at Binghamton in December of 2011, and lost the first one by 13 points here in Alumni Gym on November 20, 2010. Rider did not play Binghamton last year.

The Rider men (4-4, 2-0 MAAC) are coming off a pair of conference wins over Monmouth and Quinnipiac. In those two MAAC games seniors Daniel Stewart and Anthony Myles combined for 96 points. Freshman Jimmie Taylor III was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for his performance in those two games. JT3 averaged 18 points, five rebounds and two assists last week.

The Seahawks (5-5, 0-0 Northeast Conference) are coming off an overtime win at Penn last Saturday. In that game senior guards Kenneth Ortiz and Latif Rivers each scored 18 points, while Ortiz grabbed eight rebounds. The Wagner win in the Palestra snapped a three-game losing streak.  Prior to the losing streak the Seahawks won three straight.  Rivers and Ortiz are combining for 28 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, while junior guard Jay Harris is adding 10.7 points per game.

Rider and Wagner are former Northeast Conference rivals and have not met since Rider left the NEC following the 1996-97 season. Rider defeated Wagner twice that year and holds a 15-4 advantage in the series that began in 1964-65.  Rider beat Wagner here in Alumni Gym in the 1993 NEC Championship Game when Hall of Famer Darrick Suber made ‘The Shot,’ going coast-to-coast and scoring at the buzzer in the 65-64 victory that sent Rider to the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday will also be Day of Champions, as the individual and team champions from the last three seasons (winter 2012-13, spring 2013, fall 2013) will be honored at halftime of the men’s game.

If you can't make the games, all non-televised home games can be seen in high definition on BroncVision and MAAC.TV as part of Rider's pay per view service powered by GoBroncs.com.

The audio will be simulcast on the video stream.  The games can also be heard on 107.7 FM The Bronc and on 1077thebronc.com via links provided on GoBroncs.com.

GameViewer (LiveStats) will also be available, free of charge via the link on GoBroncs.com and live tweets will be sent out which you can follow via twitter @RiderAthletics.

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