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Men’s College Basketball
LAWRENCEVILLE—Junior Ryan Thompson (
“When I saw how much time was left I kind of knew I was going to try to take it and it happened to go in,” Thompson said. “I had Harris (Mansell) on my wing so when I drove, if his man helped I could throw it out to him. Harris’ man doesn’t usually help because they know Harris can hit that shot, so when he didn’t help it was an open lane.”
Thompson finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Thompson is a MAAC Player of the Year candidate who is second in the MAAC in scoring, second in minutes played, third in three-point field goals percentage, fourth in steals, fifth in defensive rebounds, sixth in free throw percentage, eight in assists and 10th in rebounding.
“We had a lot of balanced scoring tonight,” Thompson said of the five Broncs in double figures. “Some games we need me to score a lot, some games like this we don’t.”
“We were sharing the ball well today,” Dempsey said. “21 assists is a season high for us.”
The victory ended
Gadson had 14 of his 17 points in the second half. “We started the second off pretty slow so I knew I had to provide some energy off the bench,” Gadson said.
Gadson scored to give Rider an 88-86 lead before Saint Ryan Rossiter’s tip-in with 37 seconds left tied the score at 88-88, the 11th and final tie of the game. Rossiter finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“I would think that Gadson would be the Rookie of the Year in the MAAC,” said
Rider trailed by 13 points, 67-54 midway through the second half before going on a 10-2 run, six points by sophomore Justin Robinson (London, England/Blair Academy), to cut the lead to 69-64 with 8:05 left to play. Robinson finished with a career-high 25 points, making five of six three-point field goals. “I’ve tried to tell people for some time now that Justin is a very good jump shooter,” Dempsey said. “I think he’s getting more comfortable playing off the ball.”
“My teammates were able to find me in some open spots today,” Robinson said.
“Robinson played a great game,” McCaffery said.
There was a study done in college basketball several years ago that stated whoever wins the first five minutes of the second half wins the game 78 percent of the time. Trailing 44-40 at half time,
Rider shot 33 of 60 from the field (.550), including 11 of 19 three-pointers (.579). “When you are on the road you can’t let the home team shoot 55 percent and expect to win,” McCaffery said. “Give Rider credit, they made their shots. They have proven to be a very good team.”
Trailing 33-31, Rider went on an 8-0 run as four different players scored, to take a 39-33 lead, and Rider led 44-40 at the half.
Senior guard Kenny Hasbrouck scored a game-high 29 points to lead five Saints in double figure scoring. Junior forward Alex Franklin added 16 points. “Kenny was unbelievable and
The Saints defeated Rider in the 2008 MAAC Title Game and went on to upset Vanderbilt by 21 points in the NCAA Tournament.
Rider is now 10-2 in afternoon games this season.
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