Broncs Host Penn Noon Sunday
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Release:  12/23/2013

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Rider Returns to TV

Broncs Host Penn on TCN

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider men’s basketball team will host the University of Pennsylvania Quakers Sunday, December 29 at 12 noon. The game will be televised on The Comcast Network.

On most cable networks TCN is on channel 8, or channel 856 in HD. On the Verizon System it is channel 99 in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Broncs (5-5) are coming off a loss at eighth ranked Villanova Sunday afternoon which snapped Rider’s three-game winning streak.

Penn (2-7) is coming off a 76-62 loss at Marist Sunday night, the fourth straight loss for the Quakers.

The last Penn win was November 26, an 85-66 win over Niagara. Among common opponents with Rider this year Penn won by six points at Monmouth (Rider won by six at Monmouth), Penn lost by 23 at Villanova (Rider lost by 21 at Villanova) and Penn lost in overtime by six points against Wagner (Rider beat Wagner by 21 points). Four Quakers score in double figures, led by sophomore guard Tony Hicks, who is averaging 15.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

6’11” center Darien Nelson-Henry is contributing 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game but did not play at Marist.

Penn was 9-22 last season, 6-8 in the Ivy League. In 2011-12 the Quakers were 21-13 and 11-3 in the Ivy, but lost the regular season finale at Princeton and competed in the CBI instead of the NCAA Tournament.

Rider continues to be led by the play of seniors Anthony Myles and Daniel Stewart and freshman Jimmie Taylor III.

Myles scored 22 points at Villanova and is averaging 19.0 per game for the season.  Stewart managed to compile 13 points and six rebounds playing among the BIG EAST Wildcats’ front court, and is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.

JT3 filled up the Villanova stat sheet with 15 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals, shooting 50 percent from the field in 36 minutes of work.

This is the fourth time Penn and Rider have met in the last 10 years and all three previous games have gone overtime. Rider won the first one, 77-72 here in Alumni Gym during the 2003-04 season, and Penn won 74-68 in the Palestra during the 2004-05 season. The Quakers won the last meeting, also here in Alumni Gym, 78-72 on November 17, 2011.

The Penn game is the final non-conference game of the regular season for Rider.

The Comcast Network, the same channel that televised the Rider-Penn State wrestling match earlier this year,  is available to every TV distributor - cable, satellite and telco - that serves viewers in the network's territory [roughly defined as the Greater Philadelphia area, including Eastern & Central PA, South NJ and Delaware, subject to league rules and restrictions].

Rider returns to MAAC play by hosting Niagara January 2.

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