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Rider U. on ESPNU Friday
Broncs Host Iona 8pm
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider men’s basketball team will play a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on ESPNU Friday, hosting first place Iona at 8pm. The game was originally scheduled for 7pm.
Iona (17-8, 14-2 MAAC) is the defending MAAC champion and has won its last nine games. The Gaels are 6-1 against MAAC teams on the road this year.
This will be the 10th of 12 Rider games on television this year, including the second of three on ESPNU.
Iona has the highest scoring offense in the MAAC (83.8) but is giving up the second most points (78.1) in the conference. Iona has the best shooting percentage in the MAAC (.480) and the second best three-point shooting percentage (.406) behind Rider. Iona also leads the MAAC in assists (17.8 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.7). Iona is averaging 10.7 three-pointers made per game, by far the most in the MAAC.
The Gaels are led by guards A.J. English and Sean Armand, who are both averaging 17.6 points per game. English is also third in the MAAC in assists (4.5) and three-pointers made (2.8), while Armand is second (2.9). 6’9” forward David Laury leads the MAAC in field goal percentage (.573) and is fourth in the MAAC in rebounding (7.3).
Rider and Iona split the two meetings last year, with the home team winning both times. Each team has won eight of the last 16 meetings.
Rider (13-12, 9-7 MAAC) is coming off a 71-62 win at Fairfield on Saturday. In that game Daniel Stewart scored 20 points and Jimmie Taylor III added 19. Rider trailed Fairfield 56-53 before Stewart and Taylor each scored nine of Rider’s final 18 points of the game.
The Broncs are fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.410), 29th in Division I in free throws made and 52nd in free throw percentage (.735). Stewart is 12th in the nation in free throws made.
Stewart enters Friday’s game 16th in career scoring at Rider (1,350) and just 30 rebounds shy of second in career caroms (844).
Friday is the first of three consecutive home games for Rider, the final three home games of the season.