Broncs close out non-conference play Wednesday at NC State
GAME 13 – Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Rider Broncs (8-4, 1-1 MAAC) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-2, 0-0 ACC)
Location: Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Tip: 7 p.m.
Live Video – ESPN3
Live Stats – GoPack.com
Live Audio – 107.7 FM The Bronc
Twitter – Twitter.com/RiderAthletics
What You Need To Know
- Rider and NC State are meeting for just the second time, with the Wolfpack winning, 72-63, on Nov. 22, 2007, in the Old Spice Classic. The contest featured a pair of 2008 NBA First Round Draft Picks in Jason Thompson (Rider, No. 12 overall, Sacramento) and J.J. Hickson (NC State, No. 19 overall, Cleveland).
- Rider had its five-game winning streak snapped last time out at Massachusetts. The Broncs had defeated Siena, Pacific, Kennesaw State, Drexel and North Carolina A&T. Three of the wins have come by three points or less.
- NC State has won its last five over McNeese State, Fairfield, Appalachian State, Tennessee State and Boston University. The Wolfpack’s two losses this season have come to Illinois and Creighton.
- Rider is 6-0 when holding the opposition to fewer than 70 points.
- Stevie Jordan scored a career-high 26 points against Drexel and has dished out 7.8 assists per game over his last six, including 12 against Kennesaw State, tied for the most by a Bronc in at least 21 seasons. Jordan earned MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week of Dec. 12-18.
- Rider is 4-1 this season in games decided by five or fewer points and 4-0 in games decided by three or fewer.
- Kahlil Thomas has posted five double-doubles on the year, including an 11-point, 10-rebound effort against Drexel.
- Rider started the season 2-0 with wins at Hampton and Hartford. It was just the program’s third 2-0 start in the last 42 years (2003-04, 2009-10) and the first since the Broncs defeated Mississippi State and Lehigh to begin the 2009-10 season.
- The Broncs are led by fifth-year Head Coach Kevin Baggett, whose teams have posted a 75-68 record and reached the MAAC Quarterfinals in each of his first four seasons in Lawrenceville. Baggett was the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year.
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