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Men’s College Basketball
Rider Hosts Fairfield Monday Night
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The fourth place Broncs host the 11th place Stags of Fairfield University Monday night at the originally scheduled time of 7pm despite today's snowstorm.
At halftime 230 of Rider’s varsity athletes will be honored for their high grade point averages, as part of Academic Achievement Night.
Rider (11-9, 7-4 MAAC) has won its last two games, three of its last four and four of its last six games.
Fairfield has lost its last four games and nine of its last 10. Fairfield is starting four sophomores and a freshman. The team’s only senior, forward Maurice Barrow, is coming in off the bench to average 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 29 minutes played per game.
The Stags lost by 26 points at home to Canisius Saturday afternoon, their fourth straight loss. In that game the visiting Golden Griffins out-scored Fairfield 51-29 in the second half. Fairfield made nine (of 37) three-pointers but just five (of 13) foul shots.
Fairfield is last in the league in scoring and field goal percentage and has the most turnovers in the MAAC. Sophomore forward Marcus Gilbert is 19th in the MAAC in scoring at 13.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Amadou Sidibe is 12th in the MAAC in rebounding at 6.2 per game.
The Stags won 19 games last year, lost to Manhattan in the MAAC semifinals and lost by two points at Kent State in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Stags lost to Loyola by four points in the 2012 MAAC Title Game and won three home games in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament before losing by five points to Mercer in the CIT semifinal. Fairfield finished the 2011-12 season with a 22-15 record.
The Broncs won an Hourglass Rivalry game at Saint Peter’s Friday night. In that game Anthony Myles scored 19 points, making five of six three-pointers. Shawn Valentine compiled a career-high 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench with seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal, making all three of his three-point shots. Jimmie Taylor III added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Broncs return to Alumni Gym to host Marist on Thursday at 8:30pm, an ESPN3 doubleheader with the Rider women hosting Iona at 6pm.
If you can't make the game Monday, 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.