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Men’s College Basketball
LAWRENCEVILLE--Sophomore Mike Ringgold (
The victory was Rider’s fifth in the last eight games, while Marist has now lost six of its last nine games. Rider has now won 16 of its last 21 MAAC regular season games.
With Rider (8-5, 3-0 MAAC) holding a 68-60 lead, Ringgold went coast-to-coast and dunked to give Rider a 70-60 lead. “I guess they thought I was going to hand the ball off in the back court, since that is what I normally do,” Ringgold said, “but I saw the opportunity and took my driving lane.”
Rider out-scored Marist (6-10, 2-2 MAAC) 6-2 over the final 1:49, as Mansell and sophomore Justin Robinson (
Robinson finished with 12 points and three assists. In Robinson’s last two games he started and compiled a career-high 20 points against Drexel and a career-high eight assists against
“Give Rider credit,” said Marist head coach Chuck Martin. “They jumped on us early and did a really good job.”
Rider scored the first eight points of the game and led 18-5 8:30 into the game. “We came out with great energy in the first half,” Dempsey said. “We executed at both ends of the court. We only had one turnover and really guarded them so it was one of our best halves this year.”
Holding a 23-15 lead, Rider out-scored Marist 13-1, four points each by Robinson and freshman Novar Gadson (
Rider junior Ryan Thompson (
For Marist, senior forward Ryan Schneider compiled a game-high 25 points, making eight of nine foul shots, and grabbed eight rebounds.
Trailing 49-30, Marist out-scored Rider 11-2, four points by Schneider, to get within 10 at 51-41, and a three-pointer by Schneider cut the lead to 59-51 with 7:41 remaining. “Marist played very well in the second half,” Dempsey said.
“In the first half we stunk,” Coach Martin said, “and in the second half we came out and played.”
Ringgold, not known for his foul shooting, made a career-high five of seven foul shots. “It is just a matter of practicing,” Ringgold said of his foul shooting. “It’s just a confidence thing,” Dempsey said. “He made his first one and that allowed him to make the four in a row.”
Mansell has compiled 31 points in his last two games after missing three games with an elbow injury. “I wanted to just focus on making shots when I came back,” said Mansell, who now has 1,094 career points, 25th most ever at Rider.
These two teams have now met 39 times since the series began in 1980-81 with Rider winning 18, including the last three and nine of the last 15. Since joining the MAAC, Rider now leads the series 13-12. Marist won by one point in Alumni Gym the last two seasons.
Rider is now 5-1 in Alumni Gymnasium this season and has won 16 of the last 19 in the Broncs’ Zoo.
In a pregame ceremony Rider retired the #1 uniform of Jason Thompson ’08, who is now a member of the Sacramento Kings. “It was a great atmosphere in the gym today,” Ryan Thompson said, “and it was nice to have Jason here. It is always nice when a sibling is being honored. I’m happy for him,” said Thompson, who now has 955 career points.
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“As the season has gone along we’ve gotten better on the defensive end,” Ringgold said, “and if we play defense we’ll be a contender in this league.”
“You defend to contend,” Dempsey added. “