RIDER GAMEDAY

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

Who: Rider (2-2) at Hof­s­tra (6-3)

When: Satur­day, 4p.m., David S. Mack Sports and Ex­hi­bi­tion Com­plex, Hemp­stead, N.Y.

TV/ Ra­dio: None/ 107.7FM The Bronc Last Time Out: Rider lost to West Vir­ginia, 92-78; Hof­s­tra def. Mon­mouth, 75-73 Se­ries His­tory: Hof­s­tra leads, 20-18 Back­ground: This is the re­turn game from a meeting last sea­son in Lawrenceville, which was won by the Pride. Hof­s­tra has won the last four con­tests be­tween the two schools.

An­other Break: The Broncs are com­ing off an­other lengthy stretch of in­ac­tiv­ity, this one 10days since a loss at West Vir­ginia. Rider al­ready had a 12-day break be­tween its sea­son opener and sec­ond game. As a re­sult, the Broncs have played just four times thus far, al­though De­cem­ber is a busy month since fea­tur­ing eight games.

De­fend With­out Foul­ing: In their two losses, the Broncs have al­lowed op­po­nents to shoot 39free throws per game, giv­ing away a com­bined 46points in those con­tests (UCF and WVU com­bined to shoot 58.9per­cent on 78to­tal at­tempts so it could have been worse). In the two ins, Rider is 36-for-57from the line (63.1 per­cent), while op­po­nents are 21-for-36 (58.3per­cent).

Bad MAAC: En­ter­ing play on Satur­day, the MAAC has a com­bined record of 24-60 (.400win per­cent­age) and doesn’t have any of its 11teams with a record over .500. Only Rider breaks even and it has played three fewer games than any­one else in the game. If you want to look on the bright side, Ni­a­gara re­cently picked up a road win at ACC cel­lar dweller Pitts­burgh and Siena knocked off Ivy fa­vorite Har­vard, al­though the Crim­son played with­out their three best play­ers due to in­juries.

Scout­ing Hof­s­tra: Com­mon fans may not know the name Justin Wright-Fore­man, but the Broncs cer­tainly do. Wright-Fore­man cooked Rider for 30points in a Pride win in Lawrenceville last sea­son. No­body has been able to slow down the se­nior from Queens this sea­son. Wright-Fore­man ranks third na­tion­ally in scor­ing at 27.2points per game and he’s had at least 20in all nine games thus far. He’s shoot­ing 48.6per­cent over­all and 39.7per­cent from be­hind the arc. Ju­nior guard Eli Pem­ber­ton had his ca­reer high 28points against Rider last sea­son and sup­ports Wright-Fore­man with 16.8points per game. The duo com­bines for 56.1per­cent of Hof­s­tra’s points per con­test and at­tempts 52.4per­cent of the team’s shots. The Pride are coached by Joe Mi­halich, who is in his fifth sea­son af­ter guid­ing Ni­a­gara to a pair of NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances in 15sea­sons there.

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