Monmouth (10-10) at Rider (9-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gymnasium (1,950) -- Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Monmouth 7-4, Rider 4-2. Away Record: Monmouth 3-6, Rider 4-6. Neutral Record: Monmouth 0-0, Rider 1-1. Conference Record: Monmouth 4-5, Rider 5-4. Series Record: Rider leads, 24-15.
GAME NOTES: After losing three of four games, including two to Quinnipiac, the Monmouth Hawks have won two in a row and will look to make it three as they travel to face the Rider Broncs in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Alumni Gymnasium.
Monmouth has won two straight, both in MAAC play, to pull to nearly .500 in conference play at 4-5. The Hawks defeated Fairfield, 63-60, in their most recent outing. Monmouth lost to Rider earlier this season on its home court, 89-83.
Rider has lost two of its last three games, including a Friday night defeat at the hands of Manhattan. The Broncs are just a game ahead of Monmouth in the MAAC at 5-4.
Rider has a nine-game lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 24-15.
Monmouth trailed Fairfield by two points in the team's last contest, but a strong second half, helped by 55 percent shooting from the floor, let Monmouth come back for the victory. Fairfield shot just 37.7 percent for the game. Andrew Nicholas paced the Hawks with 19 points, adding six rebounds to his stat line. Josh James came off the bench to score 15 and dish out six assists, while Deon Jones netted 13 points.
Jones and Nicholas have separated themselves from the pack among Monmouth scorers. Jones checks in at 15.5 ppg, while Nicholas is exactly a point behind on average at 14.5 ppg. Jones leads the team in rebounding as well with a 6.8 rpg mark. Justin Robinson, who is third on Monmouth's roster with 8.7 ppg, leads the team in assists with 73 on the year. The Hawks are scoring an average of 71.2 ppg this season.
Manhattan jumped way out ahead of Rider early on in Friday's MAAC clash and never looked back, as the Jaspers led the Broncs 33-17 at the half and maintained the pace in the second frame for the win. Rider shot a dismal 26.5 percent from the floor in the game, including 9.1 percent from 3-point range. Daniel Stewart led the Broncs with 17 points, while Zedric Sadler chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Sadler added five assists and four steals to his stat line in the contest.
Anthony Myles leads the Broncs this season in scoring, averaging an impressive 18.2 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Myles recorded nine points in the loss to Manhattan Friday. Stewart is second in scoring for Rider at 15.5 ppg, and bests the team in rebounding with a 6 rpg average. Sadler is fourth in scoring at 10.6 ppg, but tops the squad with 59 assists on the year. The Broncs are scoring an average of 76.8 ppg.
Rider was able to travel to Monmouth and claim a victory earlier this season. On their home floor the Broncs should be able to do it again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 75, Monmouth 67
01/26 10:32:33 ET