Rider 77, USC 57
Men's College Basketball
Rider University 77, University of Southern California 57
LOS ANGELES, CA- Move over Jack, there is a new giant killer in town. David might have defeated Goliath, but could he come back and do it again?
Last year it was 18th ranked Mississippi State of the SEC. This year it was the Trojans of USC.
For the second season in a row, the Broncs pulled off a major upset on the road when Rider defeated the University of Southern California late Wednesday night as part of the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.
"This senior class, they now have a Big East win (Rutgers), an SEC win (Mississippi State), a Big Ten win (Penn State) and a Pac-10 win, and I think it was about 26 years between those four and the last big Rider win in the early 1980s," said Rider head coach Tommy Dempsey. "It's a tough group of kids who have won a lot of big games, and when they come into these environments they expect to win."
Senior Justin Robinson (London, England/Blair Academy) compiled a career-high 28 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead Rider (2-1). Robinson made nine of 10 shots from the field, including all five of his three-pointers and all five of his foul shots.
"It was a great performance by a lot of guys tonight," Dempsey said, "but Justin was just fantastic."
USC (2-1) never led. "Tonight was a great example of getting the lead and Justin was not going to let happen what happened at UMass," Dempsey said, referring to the season opener when Rider led UMass by 21 and lost by 10.
Holding a 53-40 lead, Rider went on an 11-0 run, six points by Robinson and five by junior Novar Gadson (Philadelphia, Pa./John Bartram), to take a 64-40 lead with 7:20 left to play. Gadson fouled out with 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench.
Trailing 67-42, USC out-scored Rider 10-0, four points by senior guard Marcus Simmons, to cut the lead to 67-52 with 3:19 left to play, but that was as close as the Trojans could get.
Rider out-scored USC 12-3 to start the second half, five points by Robinson, to take a 48-30 lead with 15:30 left to play.
With the scored tied at 21, Rider out-scored USC 15-4, eight points by Robinson and seven points by senior Jhamar Youngblood (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick's), to take a 36-25 lead and the Broncs led 36-27 at the half. Youngblood finished with seven points off the bench.
Rider shot 60 percent (27-45) from the field, including 12 of 19 three-pointers.
The Broncs made four of their first five shots, including all three of their three-pointers, and jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first six minutes, five points by Robinson.
Robinson becomes the 31st Bronc to score 1,000 career points when he made a three-pointer with 5:05 left in the first half to give Rider a 24-21 lead.
Senior forward Mike Ringgold (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) added eight points and a career-high seven assists.
Robinson is currently 29th in career scoring at Rider with 1,022 points. He joins teammate Mike Ringgold, who scored his 1,000th point in the win over Lafayette November 14. Ringgold now has 1,010 points, 30th all-time at Rider.
Rider travels to Springfield, Mass for two more Tip Off tournament games, against Texas Christian Saturday at 2:30 and Loyola Marymount Sunday at 12 noon.