Quinnipiac (5-2) at Rider (3-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,650) -- Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Quinnipiac 3-1, Rider 0-1. Away Record: Quinnipiac 1-1, Rider 2-2. Neutral Record: Quinnipiac 1-0, Rider 1-1. Conference Record: Quinnipiac 1-0, Rider 1-0. Series Record: Rider leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: One of the latest additions to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference arrives at its first league road bout this afternoon, as the Bobcats of Quinnipiac clash with the Rider Broncs in New Jersey.
Quinnipiac, which came over from the Northeast Conference, started off the conference slate in fine fashion on Friday night with an 83-79 victory over Fairfield at home. The win was the fourth in the last five outings for the program.
As for the Broncs, this is just their second home game of 2013-14, losing that lone effort to Albany by a score of 70-59 back on Nov. 26. The squad has alternated wins and losses over the last six outings, the most recent installment being an 89-83 triumph over Monmouth three nights ago.
These teams have played twice previously, with the Broncs coming out on top each time. The most recent battle took place in the first round of the Hawaii Hilo Tournament in 2003-04 when Rider captured an 89-70 victory.
Ousmane Drame scored 22 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Bobcats of Quinnipiac captured the four-point win over the Fairfield Stags in MAAC action at TD Bank Sports Center. Drame, who shot 10-of-11 at the free- throw line in the meeting, also pulled down eight rebounds and blocked six shots for the Bobcats. Zaid Hearst produced 20 points and Kasim Chandler 14 off the bench, while Ike Azotam delivered a double-double consisting of 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Shaq Shannon made up for an 0-of-6 shooting effort with 11 boards and five assists. For the game, the Bobcats held a huge 35-15 scoring edge at the free-throw line in order to overcome a mere 36.7 percent shooting performance from the field.
Through seven games the leading scorer for the Bobcats is Hearst with his 15.7 ppg, followed by Azotam with 14.4 ppg and Drame who has delivered 14.0 ppg for a team generating a solid 78.6 ppg. Azotam and Hearst have been beasts in the paint thus far, the former coming up with a team-best 11.3 rpg and the latter also averaging a double-double thanks to his 10.0 rpg. As a group, the Bobcats are pulling down a staggering 48.4 rpg, far beyond the 33.6 rpg being produced by the competition.
Rider trailed by as many as 12 points less than three minutes into the game against Monmouth, but the Broncs connected on an impressive 8-of-15 behind the 3-point line through the first 20 minutes, allowing them to grab a seven-point lead at the break and eventually hold on for the six-point road win. Anthony Myles led four starters in double figures with his 28 points, followed by Daniel Stewart with 21 and seven rebounds. Jimmie Taylor tacked on 15 points for the visitors, followed by Zedric Sadler with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Myles, the leading scorer for Rider in each of the last three games and four times overall, is responsible for 20.0 ppg as he converted 48.1 percent from the field and has knocked down a team-best 13 triples. Stewart checks in with 15.7 ppg and is first with 5.6 rpg, followed by Taylor with his 12.1 ppg. Scoring a strong 79.9 ppg thus far, one would think Rider would be rolling up the victories, but the defense is surrendering 82.7 ppg as opponents connect on 52.9 percent of their field goal chances.
The defense for the Broncs is anything but solid these days, which is more than enough to nullify almost any positive offensive effort put forth by Myles, Stewart and Taylor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Quinnipiac 81, Rider 72
12/08 10:42:47 ET