Men’s College Basketball
Rider University 71, Saint Peter’s University 53
JERSEY CITY, NJ— Hourglasses were very popular on board ships 500 hundred years ago, as they were the most dependable measurement of time while at sea. The motion of the ship while sailing did not affect the hourglass.
In an Hourglass Rivalry win over Saint Peter’s Friday night, the Broncs relied on their most dependable weapon, the three-point shot.
The Broncs made a season-high 13 three-pointers as Rider sailed to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory, its fourth in the last six games. Rider entered the 2014 calendar year with the best three-point field goal percentage in the nation and is currently seventh in Division I.
“We made some shots tonight,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett, “and we guarded the way we need to guard.”
Rider shot .542 percent from three-point range and held Saint Peter’s to 53 points, a season-best for the Rider defense.
Senior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) scored 19 points, making five of six three-pointers, and freshman Jimmie Taylor III (Branford, Fla./Suwannee) added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“Anthony played pretty well and I told Jimmie before the game that I was going to be mad at him if he did not take 10 or more shots tonight,” Baggett said of his rookie point guard. Taylor finished five for 10 from the field. “I wanted him to be aggressive tonight and he was.”
Rider used a 14-0 run, six points by senior Tommy Pereira (Nottingham, England/Canarias Basketball Academy), to take a 69-44 lead with 2:35 remaining.
Holding a 44-37 lead, Rider out-scored SPU 8-2, six points by sophomore Shawn Valentine (Sicklerville, NJ/Phelps), to take a 52-39 lead with 9:24 left to play. Valentine finished with a career-high 13 points and also grabbed seven rebounds.
“Shawn gives us a lot of intangibles along with his career-scoring night tonight,” Baggett said. “I’m proud of him.”
Rider senior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) finished with nine points and nine rebounds. “Danny had a solid game,” Baggett said.
Saint Peter’s scored the final seven points of the first half to cut the lead to 37-29 at the half.
The Broncs (11-9, 7-4 MAAC) made 12 of their first 18 shots, including six of their first nine three-point shots, taking a 30-16 lead with 7:39 left in the first half.
Rider jumped out to a 9-1 lead, five points by Myles.
Peacock junior forward Marvin Dominique, who is averaging 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, was held to 12 points and seven rebounds.
Junior guard Desi Washington, who compiled 21 points, making four three-pointers, in the Peacocks win at Rider just two weeks ago, scored 15 points Friday night.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Peacocks (7-13, 3-8 MAAC) since beating Rider on January 16.
The Broncs lost 77-69 to Saint Peter’s two weeks ago at Rider. Rider won five in a row vs. Saint Peter’s before that loss.
Rider has now won 14 of the last 18 meetings with Saint Peter's. Since joining the MAAC Rider is 25-15 against Saint Peter's. The two teams have now met 55 times since the series began in 1942-43, with Rider winning 30.
The game Friday, broadcast on ESPN3, was part of the Hourglass Rivalry.
Since Saint Peter’s, Monmouth and Rider are all about an hour from each other, the three-way rivalry between the NJ MAAC teams called the Hourglass was established this year. Similar to the MAAC’s Commissioner Cup, the annual winner of the Hourglass will be decided by the competition of all sports between the three.
Rider returns home to host Fairfield Monday evening. “We’re looking forward to playing them, especially at home with the students back,” Baggett said. “I hope we have a great crowd.”
January 31 is Chinese New Year, the beginning of the Year of the Wood Horse.
If Friday night was any indication, it could very well be the Year of the Feisty Horse, or in other words, the Year of the Bronc.