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Broncs outrun Bobcats, 112-107

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 11, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJJimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored a career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-8 from long range, as the Rider University men’s basketball team outran Quinnipiac, 112-107, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The 112 points are tied for the second-most by a Rider team in regulation behind the 1954-55 squad, which cruised past Lincoln, 121-82. Rider teams also scored 112 in regulation in 1995-96 (vs. LIU Brooklyn) and 1960-61 (vs. Montclair St.).

The Broncs (14-12, 7-8 MAAC) shot a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58), including 68.4 percent (13-19) from long range. The last time Rider shot better from the floor was Feb. 14, 2013 (.591 vs. Saint Peter’s) and the last time the Broncs shot better from long range came on Jan. 24, 2008 (.700 vs. Manhattan). Quinnipiac slipped to 10-16 (7-9 MAAC) with the setback. 

Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out in 27 minutes. Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) posted his second-straight double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 12 assists, while also grabbing five rebounds. Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) also added 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with eight points and six assists. 

Chaise Daniels scored a team-high 23 points and added five assists for Quinnipiac. Phil Winston added 19 points and eight assists, while Peter Kiss and Andrew Robinson had 17 points apiece. Mikey Dixon also had 15 points, but shot just 5-of-18 and missed all seven of his shots from inside the three-point arc. 

“First and foremost, I’m just glad to get the win,” said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. “A lot of things we can go back and correct, especially our defense giving up 107 points. I can’t say it was fun, but we found a way to win and that’s most important. We really needed to win for a number of different reasons – for the league and just for us to get back up in the league and hopefully build some momentum.”

The Broncs came out red hot offensively in the first half, hitting on 60 percent (18-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from long range. The Broncs knocked down their first eight three-point attempts and led by as many as 11 points on three occasions. But an 8-2 Quinnipiac spurt to end the half cut the Broncs lead to 47-42. Quinnipiac shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the first half and turned 11 Rider turnovers into 13 points. 

Thomas led the Broncs with 15 points and six rebounds at the break, while Taylor hit all four of his three-point attempts en route to 14 points. Carey added seven points and two steals, while Washington-Ives added five points and seven assists. Daniels led Quinnipiac with 12 points, while Kiss added 10 points and Dixon chipped in with nine. 

“[Taylor] is the best shooter on our team,” said Washington-Ives. “So when you see a couple go through, you know you’ve got to get him the next one. As they keep going in, you just build more confidence in him and want to get him the ball.”

Quinnipiac’s hot play to end the first half continued into the second as the Bobcats started the period on a 13-2 run. Winston scored the first five points to tie the game at 47-47 and after a Thomas bucket inside, Dixon gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a three-pointer. The lead swelled to six on a Daniels jumper and another Dixon three. 

“I thought they did a good job of making their run. And then our seniors gathered our guys and did a good job of rallying guys and just saying, ‘stay together.’ We talked about that early this morning, about staying together through adversity, through the highs and lows of the game. I thought Jimmie and Kealen and Lilly and Norville and X, I thought they all did a good job of just huddling and staying together.”

Washington-Ives made a pair of threes to get the Broncs back to within one, before Taylor followed suit with two trifectas of his own to put the Broncs back on top by three. Daniels and Kiss followed with buckets in the paint to put Quinnipiac back in front by one, but Taylor scored a fast-break bucket at the 12:06 mark to spark a 17-0 Rider run. The Broncs would build the lead to as many as 18 points. 

A series of three-pointers from Quinnipiac would whittle the Rider lead to as few as five points twice in the final 10 seconds, but that’s as close as the Bobcats could draw.

“This is what we were at the beginning of the year when we were having success and the leadership that our seniors bring,” said Baggett. “I thought they got back to doing that. I think guys are in the right mind frame. Sometimes when you go through some lulls and things don’t go your way, you have to find a way to make them go your way.”

For the game, the Broncs outshot the Bobcats, 58.6 percent (34-58) to 48.7 percent (38-78) from the floor, 68.4 percent (13-19) to 42.1 percent (16-38) from long range and 86.1 percent (31-36) to 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncs took a 36-34 edge on the boards and outscored Quinnipiac, 20-2, on fast-break points. The Bobcats enjoyed a 26-9 edge in second-chance points. 

The Broncs return to action Monday, when they travel to Fairfield. Tip-off from George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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