Men’s College Basketball
Manhattan College 67, Rider University 51
RIVERDALE, NY—Before winning Grammys and Academy Awards singer Carly Simon grew up here in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
The ESPNU national audience found out that, like Simon’s theme song from a James Bond movie, Nobody Does it Better in the MAAC right now than the Manhattan Jaspers.
“We played with a lack of aggressiveness,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett.
Manhattan senior guard George Beamon compiled 21 points and nine rebounds to lead preseason favorite Manhattan to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Rider Friday night.
Beamon averages 20.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game but missed the last three games with an injury.
“I thought Zedric played well,” Baggett said. “He really attacked.”
Stewart is 11th in the MAAC in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (6.1).
The Jaspers (14-4, 7-2 MAAC) used an 11-0 run to take a 44-29 lead with 12:57 left to play. “We didn’t play with any toughness tonight,” Baggett said.
Rider scored the first 12 points of the second half, four each by Sadler and by Stewart, to cut the lead to 33-29 with 15:00 left to play, but that was as close as the Broncs could get.
Manhattan led 33-17 at the half.
The Jaspers led 21-5 midway through the first half, seven points by Beamon, as Rider made one of its first 10 shots.
Manhattan jumped out to a 13-2 lead, five points by Beamon, as the Broncs missed their first seven shots. Rider’s first field goal came after 8:10 of play.
Rider senior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) is fourth in the MAAC in scoring (18.8) but was held to just nine points and five rebounds. “Anthony struggled tonight,” Baggett said. “Most games we go as Anthony goes.”
Also for Rider freshman Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, Fla./Blanche Ely) grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals along with five points.
Rider won here in Draddy Gym 69-60 on January 10, 2013 before losing to the Jaspers in Lawrenceville 62-51 on January 27. “We’ll be ready for them when they come to our place,” Baggett said.
Manhattan was 18 of 24 from the foul line. The Jaspers rank fourth in the nation in free throws made and fifth in free throws attempted.
Rhamel Brown had five blocks and the Jaspers had 11 blocks as a team.. Brown ranks fifth in the nation with 3.59 blocks per game. As a team the Jaspers are blocking a MAAC-high 5.7 per game.
The Jaspers also had nine steals. Manhattan averages a MAAC-high 9.1 steals per game, 15th most in Division I.
Rider shot just a season-low .271 from the field. “We took some bad shots,” Baggett said. Manhattan is holding teams to .410 shooting percentage, best in the MAAC.
The Broncs and Jaspers have now met 42 times since the series began in 1929-30, with Rider winning 22, including 10 of the last 14. Since Rider joined the MAAC, the Broncs are 21-14 against the Jaspers, including 1-1 in post-season.
Rider welcomes the students back from winter recess with a 4pm home game Sunday, January 26 against Monmouth.
Like Carly Simon, Rider fans are still in Anticipation of good things to come.