Rider 70, Iona 69
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Men’s College Basketball
LAWRENCEVILLE—Junior Ryan Thompson (
“I didn’t want to let my team down,” Thompson said of making the winning foul shot.
Rider (9-6, 4-1 MAAC) freshman Novar Gadson (
“I knew I had to make that play to help the team win,” Gadson said. “Before that play Coach asked me if I was ready to help this team win and I knew if I didn’t make it I wasn’t doing my job.”
“It always seems that Novar has a good match-up,” Thompson said of his 6’7” guard teammate. “He gets guarded by big guys who can’t stay with him. I know if I don’t have an open shot I can kick it to him and he’ll make a play.”
Rider senior Harris Mansell (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) made a three-point field goal with 2:35 left to give the Broncs a 66-61 lead. “Harris hit a bomb that was just ridiculous,” Dempsey said. “It was in a big spot.” Mansell finished with 16 points, making four of five three-pointers.
“I got in position and we needed a shot,” Mansell said. “I was confident.” Mansell has compiled 66 points in his last four games and now has 1,129 career points, 22nd highest ever at Rider.
“Going down the stretch Harris and Ryan took the game over,” Dempsey said. “Ryan started to take it to them and made some pull up jumpers and Harris’ threes fell. Our leaders found a way to get us into the win column.”
Rider began the second half with a 14-4 run, five points by Thompson, to take a 49-34 lead with 13:31 left to play.
With the score tied at 28-28, Rider out-scored Iona 7-2 over the final 4:40 of the first half, four points by freshman Jermaine Jackson (Reading, Pa./Reading), to take a 35-30 lead at the half.
Trailing 13-10, Rider went on a 9-2 run, six points by Mansell, to take a 19-15 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Broncs are now 6-1 in Alumni Gym this season and have now won 17 of the last 20 games in the Broncs’ Zoo.
A MAAC Player of the Year candidate, Thompson leads the MAAC in scoring and minutes played and is fourth in steals, seventh in field goal percentage, eighth in assists and 10th in rebounding. Thompson now has 990 career points.
Rider is now 7-1 in afternoon games this year with six more afternoon games on the schedule.
The Broncs will now make their annual trip to Western New York, playing Canisius Thursday and