Rider (11-12) at Marist (5-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 3, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCann Center (3,200) -- Poughkeepsie, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Rider 5-5, Marist 3-5. Away Record: Rider 4-7, Marist 1-10. Neutral Record: Rider 2-0, Marist 1-2. Conference Record: Rider 6-5, Marist 2-9. Series Record: Rider leads, 24-22.
GAME NOTES: The Marist Red Foxes try to bring an end to yet another losing streak on Sunday afternoon, as they host the Rider Broncs in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at the McCann Center.
Were it not for a 59-48 win over Saint Peter's back on Jan. 19, the Red Foxes would be the owners of one of the longest skids in the country right now, but as it stands the team has lost just three in a row. On Thursday night, Marist was again pitted against Saint Peter's, this time on the road, and unfortunately the outcome was not as favorable as the Red Foxes suffered a 70-68 overtime loss. The defeat was the 11th in the last 12 outings for a squad that is just 2-9 in conference play.
As for the Broncs, they too are currently riding a three-game losing streak after bowing at Fairfield on Friday in a 69-59 final. However, unlike the Red Foxes who are tied with the Peacocks for last place in the MAAC standings, Rider is further up with a 6-5 mark heading into play on Sunday.
Rider leads the all-time series with Marist by a count of 24-22, thanks to a 9-1 run over the last 10 encounters.
Rider shot 48.7 percent from the floor at Fairfield on Friday night, but the visitors ended up turning the ball over 17 times and watching the hosts convert all but three of 25 attempts at the free-throw line in the 10-point decision. Daniel Stewart tried to give the Broncs a fighting chance with 22 points, followed by Anthony Myles and Jonathon Thompson with 10 points apiece in the losing effort. Through 23 games Myles and Stewart, the only two who have started every contest, lead the way on offense with 12.0 and 11.2 ppg, respectively, while Thompson follows close behind with 11.0 ppg. The latter is also the top passer for the group with 75 assists, but still this is a program that is averaging close to 16 miscues per game.
Chavaughn Lewis scored 23 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line for the Red Foxes the last time out, but he wasn't on the floor when the team suffered the two-point loss because by then he had already fouled out. Also scoring in double figures for Marist was Isaiah Morton with 11 points, hitting all six of his free-throw attempts but just 2- of-7 from the field, which included 1-of-6 beyond the arc. Through 11 conference games Lewis, one of only two players to have started each of those contests, leads the way with 17.7 ppg, followed by Devin Price who is responsible for another 15.7 ppg, although he has shot just 35.3 percent from the floor in those games.
In conference play, Marist is being outscored by almost nine points per game and even though the team is at home this time around, don't expect the Red Foxes to come out ahead.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 69, Marist 61
02/03 10:30:19 ET