Game Time Moved to 6pm
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Release:  12/31/2013

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Men’s College Basketball

Broncs Host Niagara Thursday

 

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider University men’s basketball team returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Thursday night, hosting Niagara University at 6pm.

The game was moved from 7pm to 6pm due to the pending storm.

The Broncs (6-5, 2-0 MAAC) have won their last three home games and have won the last six home games against Niagara.

The Purple Eagles (4-9, 1-1 MAAC) have won three of their last four games after ending a seven-game losing streak.

The Purple Eagles won 19 games last year and went 13-5 in the MAAC to win the 2012-13 MAAC Regular Season Title.  Niagara was upset by the fourth seed, Iona, in the MAAC semifinals and lost to Maryland in the NIT.

Niagara has been led this year by junior guard Antoine Mason, who scored a career-high 39 points in the 68-65 Purple Eagle win over Brown on Sunday. Twice the MAAC Player of the Week this year, Mason is averaging 29.1 points per game, with 130 foul shots made.

Rider beat Niagara 72-69 when the Purple Eagles last came to Alumni Gym on February 7, 2013 and the Broncs won 68-59 in the last meeting, February 28, 2013 in Western New York. Rider and Niagara have met 37 times since the series began in 1991-92, with Rider winning 17, including seven of the last eight and nine of the last 12. Since joining the MAAC, Rider is 17-15 against Niagara in regular season games. Niagara beat Rider in double overtime in the 2009 MAAC semifinals and in the 2005 MAAC Title Game.

The Broncs continue to be led by the senior captains, Anthony Myles and Daniel Stewart.  Myles scored the game-winning basket in Rider’s 89-88 win over Penn on Sunday and leads Rider with 18.7 points per game.  Stewart made four foul shots in Rider’s game-winning 7-0 run to end the Penn game, and is compiling 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The two have combined for 2,267 points in their careers.

If you can't make the game, 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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