RIDER GAME­DAY

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

Who: Hart­ford (2-0) at Rider (1-1)

When: Wed­nes­day, 7 p.m., Alumni Gym­na­sium

TV/ Ra­dio: None/ 107.7 FM The Bronc Last Time Out: Rider lost to Xavier, 10175; Hart­ford def. Gor­don Col­lege, 80-63. Series His­tory: Rider leads 4-1 Back­ground: These two schools are meet­ing for the fifth time in the last six sea­sons. The Broncs won in dou­ble over­time the last time these two hooked up at Alumni Gym­na­sium.

Bounc­ing Back: Rider suf­fered its first de­feat against No. 15 Xavier, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The Broncs had a de­cent spell at the end of the first half and be­gin­ning of the sec­ond where they cut a 19-point deficit to five be­fore the Mus­ke­teers stepped on the gas. Stevie Jor­dan scored 14 points, dished out nine as­sists and grabbed six re­bounds. Jor­dan Allen kicked in 14 points as well. 3 Sea­son: The Broncs are go­ing to con­tinue to let it fly de­spite a rather woe­ful 6-for-30 per­for­mance against Xavier. Coach Kevin Baggett said 30 treys may be the norm with the way this team is built (there re­ally isn’t an in­te­rior pres­ence who can score the way Kahlil Thomas did last sea­son), but they’ll have to shoot it bet­ter than 20 per­cent to win games. Rider was 14-for-31 in the opener and the friendly rims in Lawrenceville should make for an up­graded per­for­mance.

Scout­ing Hart­ford: The Hawks are com­ing off a vic­tory over Di­vi­sion III op­po­si­tion, so it’s hard to gauge just how good they are early in the sea­son. John Car­roll, a 6-8 for­ward from Ire­land, is scor­ing at a 20.5 points per game clip. Hart­ford has scored at least 80 points in its first two games. Did you know?: Rider as­sis­tant coach Mar­lon Guild grad­u­ated from Hart­ford in 2005.

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