Men’s College Basketball
Manhattan College 86, Rider University 69
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— In Roman and Greek mythology Pax is the goddess of peace.
Despite the Winter Storm Pax causing an unpeaceful evening for residents on the East Coast, the Broncs hosted second place Manhattan Thursday evening but found little peace of mind.
Senior forward George Beamon scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Manhattan to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win at Rider.
“Another long night for us,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett.
Manhattan (18-6, 11-4 MAAC) has the most road victories (11) in the nation.
Manhattan used a 6-0 run to take a 20-point lead, 73-53 with 8:58 left to play, and led 82-62 with 4:39 remaining.
Holding a 42-39 lead, Manhattan went on an 18-4 run, six points by Ashton Pankey, to take a 60-43 lead with 16:20 left in the second half. Pankey finished with six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
For Rider (12-12, 8-7 MAAC) senior Anthony Myles (Dover, DE/Poly-Tech) compiled 19 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jimmie Taylor III (Branford, Fla./Suwannee) added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
“We were right there at half time but we didn’t come out with any energy in the second half,” Taylor said.
Rider out-scored Manhattan 7-5 over the final 3:00 of the half, all seven points by sophomore Khalil Alford (Raleigh, NC/Fishburne Military), to cut the lead to 42-38 at halftime. “We played a good first half,” Baggett said.
Manhattan out-scored Rider 44-31 in the second half. “A lot of that was self-inflicted,” Baggett said, “with our turnovers and our lack of blocking out.”
Alford finished with a career-high 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
Trailing 29-21, Rider went on a 9-4 run, five points by Myles, to cut the Manhattan lead to 33-30 with 5:00 left in the half.
Manhattan jumped out to a 16-7 lead, eight points by Beamon, and never trailed in the game.
The loss was the third in a row for Rider, the first time Rider has lost three in a row this season. “We’re not playing well,” Baggett said.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Jaspers.
The Jaspers lead the MAAC in field goal percentage defense and held Rider to .390 shooting (23-59). Manhattan also leads the MAAC in blocks and had eight Thursday.
Manhattan held Rider senior Daniel Stewart (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti) to eight points and four rebounds. “When Danny is not playing well we will be hard-pressed to win games,” Baggett said.
Averaging 15.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, Stewart ranks third all-time at Rider in career rebounds (837) and 19th in career scoring (1,330).
“Lately when Danny plays well, Anthony doesn’t. Tonight Anthony played well and Danny doesn’t,” Baggett said. “We’re not all on the same page lately.”
Manhattan, which made 12 (of 21) three-pointers, has now won its last three games at Rider. “Give Manhattan credit, they hit a lot of threes that they don’t normally make,” Baggett said.
The Broncs and Jaspers have now met 43 times since the series began in 1929-30, with Rider winning 22, including 10 of the last 15. Since Rider joined the MAAC, the Broncs are 21-15 against the Jaspers, including 1-1 in post-season.
Rider travels to Fairfield for a 4pm game Saturday afternoon. “We’ll go back to work and try to figure it out,” Baggett said.