GAMES NOTES: The Marist Red Foxes will try to regroup from a difficult loss on
Friday night when they face off with the Rider Broncs in a Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference bout at Alumni Gym.
When Niagara's Juan'ya Green nailed a 3-pointer with just two seconds left in
regulation on Friday in McCann Arena he put an end to Marist's brief two-game
winning streak. The 57-54 setback dropped the Red Foxes to just 7-19 overall
and 4-11 in league play. Marist, which is just 2-10 on the road, will be back
at home next Saturday in a non-conference tussle with VMI.
Rider bounced back from a 78-71 loss to Iona last Saturday with a convincing
72-57 victory over last place Saint Peter's on Thursday. The win was the third
in the last four outings for the Broncs who are fighting to remain relevant in
the MAAC title chase at 9-6 in conference play. Rider will play its final home
game of the season next Saturday in a non-league tilt with Charleston
These teams already went head-to-head earlier this month. In that battle Rider
took away a 64-58 victory on the road for its 10th win in the last 11 meetings
with Marist. The winning stretch has given the Broncs a 24-21 advantage in the
Marist clawed its way back from an eight-point deficit with just over seven
minutes remaining against Niagara by using a 12-4 run down the stretch to tie
the game at 54-54 with 34 seconds on a Chavaughn Lewis free-throw. However the
rally came up short when Green, after letting the shot clock wind down,
drilled the game-winner.
The Red Foxes can take some consolation in how well they competed with the
conference-leading Purple Eagles even without Devin Price (14.0 ppg) who has
missed the last three games with a sprained ankle and is likely out for this
contest as well. The Red Foxes still have Lewis (15.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) to rely on
though his 39.5 field goal percentage on the season leaves room for
improvement. On the inside Adam Kemp (9,.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg) has been one
of the more consistent big men in the conference with his ability to score
efficiently, rebound and block shots. Kemp has been working on the boards
almost alone though as the Red Foxes are the worst team in the MAAC on the
glass (32.7 rpg). The Red Foxes also rank second to last in field-goal
percentage (.410), putting in only 63.7 points per game.
Rider shot a scorching 59.1 percent from the field and knocked down 10 shots
from beyond the arc to ease by Saint Peter's on Thursday. The hot shooting
allowed the Broncs to overcome a 24-15 deficit in points off turnovers as did
their 32-21 advantage in rebounds.
The Broncs are just a slightly more productive offensive team than Marist at
64.7 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting. The Broncs have relied a bit
too much on one-on-one scoring plays as they rank at the bottom of the MAAC,
and among the bottom 35 teams in the country in assists (10.4 pg). On defense
Rider is solid though giving up just 64.5 points per game on 41.6 percent
shooting. A trio of players are scoring in double figures for Rider led by
Anthony Myles (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg) who is also the worst shooting starter (.391
FG percentage). Jonathon Thompson (12.4 ppg) and Danny Stewart (10.7 ppg, 6.7
rpg) have been more efficient as each shoots better than 47 percent from the
field. Scoring options are limited from there with Nurideen Lindsey (8.5 ppg)
the only other player putting in more than 5.5 points per game.
Price was still healthy when these teams last met and Rider still earned the
win on the road. With tough defense and enough balance on offense the Broncs
should repeat the result this time around.