Broncs Look for 4-0 Start in MAAC
Men’s College Basketball
Broncs Look to Score Four
ALBANY, NY—The Broncs will seek to become the first Rider basketball team to begin MAAC play 4-0 in nine years when they take on the Siena Saints Saturday night at the Times Union Center.
The game is televised in New York State on Time Warner Cable. Channel 197 in New York City and channel 323 in Albany and Buffalo area.
Rider (7-5) is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2008-09 season after defeating Niagara 85-83 Thursday evening.
Siena (5-9) fell to 1-2 in MAAC play after losing 63-59 at Monmouth Thursday night despite 21 points and nine rebounds from junior guard Rob Poole.
Siena began the year 0-3 and was 2-7 before splitting the Western New York trip, defeating Niagara by 13 points before losing to Canisius by 15 points. Junior guards Rob Poole and Evan Hymes are combining for 25.5 points per game. Poole also grabs a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. The forwards, freshman Lavon Long and sophomore Brett Bisping, are combining for 17.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
The Broncs defeated Siena twice last year, 62-56 here in Albany on December 7, 2012 and 72-53 at Rider on January 6, 2013, the first time Rider ever swept the season series with the Saints. Rider is 12-20 against Siena in regular season games. Rider and Siena have met 38 times since the series began in 1976-77, with Rider winning 13.
Rider entered the 2014 calendar year with the best three-point field goal percentage in the nation at 44.2 percent and is still first in Division I at 43.5.
Along with the usual suspects; seniors Daniel Stewart (15.8 points, 6.6 rebs) and Anthony Myles (18.1 points, 4.6 rebs) and rookie point guard Jimmie Taylor III (12.0 points, 4.6 rebs), the Broncs have been getting support from their bench.
Over the last two games Rider’s bench has out-scored the opponent’s bench 83 to 39. Freshman Kahlil Thomas has enjoyed two quality games in a row, compiling 27 points and 10 rebounds in his last 36 minutes of action off the bench. Sophomore Khalil Alford (Raleigh, NC/Fishburne Military) had his bell rung at Villanova but in the two games since has come in off the bench to compile 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes of work.
Siena is the first of three straight away games. The Broncs make the annual trip to Western New York to take on Canisius January 10 and Niagara January 12.