Game 2: Rider

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    It doesn’t get easier for the Mountain Hawks following their loss to the Spiders of Richmond. They board the bus headed to Lawerenceville on Monday to take on the Broncs of Rider who just happened to upset Mississippi State (preseason #19) 88-74 in their opener on Friday night. Check out the box score below. How about committing only 6 turnovers and shooting 50.8% from the field and 62.5% from beyond the arc! Not too shabby.

    Last year’s numbers
    ’08-’09 RPI 125 (Lehigh 253)
    ’08-’09 Pomeroy 170 (Lehigh 263)

    Game at Lehigh
    Rider 69
    Lehigh 68

    2009-10 Rider Men’s Basketball Outlook
    With the return of four starters, the 2009-10 Rider University basketball team is once again expected to be one of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. But that might not be good enough for head coach Tommy Dempsey, who has guided the Broncs to a program-best 58 wins over the last three seasons. "We’ve been to postseason tournaments the last two years (CBI, CollegeInsider), now it is time to go to the NCAA Tournament," said Dempsey, the 2008 MAAC Coach of the Year.
    Depth and experience are two of the biggest reasons Dempsey is excited about this year’s team. "We are hoping to finally have the depth that we were looking for," Dempsey said. "We’ve had good teams the past couple of years but this year’s team should be deeper than those teams. There is a lot of competition for playing time and that should increase the intensity of practice on a daily basis. We don’t know who is going to start this year, and that is a good thing. We are also now more of a veteran team. Last year’s team had eight players in the rotation that were freshmen and sophomores. I think we have learned a lot about ourselves and what we have to do to become more successful."
    For more, read on….. … ID=1365656

    Guard Ryan Thompson (senior, 6’6" 220 lb) seen as one of the nation’s top triple-double threats by
    For more, read on…. … =204809168

    If it weren’t for this being their home opener, this might set up as a "trap game" for the Broncs as they ready themselves to play both Virginia and Kentucky on the road. … =204798784

    Projected to finish 3rd in the MAAC behind Siena and Niagara
    For more, read on….. … spx?f=maac



    Game Notes

    Rider version………… … M_ID=20200

    Lehigh version………. … 111609.pdf



    For anyone who thinks Lawrenceville, NJ (Rider) will be a welcomed stop along the road that sees us traveling to Richmond, Philadelphia (St. Joe’s) and Dayton, think again. Tonight’s contest one hour from home promises to be a tough one. Give a listen to what Coach Stansbury (Mississippi State) had to say in his post game interview following the Bulldogs opening nigh loss to Rider last week. … &id=659843

    Thoughts that still ring in the ear………

    "We had no answer for them"
    "We were exhausted"
    "Transition baskets were huge"
    "They’re a very good team"
    "They spread us out"
    "They could handle it, pass it, and shoot it"
    "They were very good off the dribble"
    "They were very difficult to guard"
    "They (Ringgold and Gadson) killed us…absolutely killed us"

    The Broncs hit 30 of their 59 shots (.508) and 10 of 18 from deep (.625) while turning it over just 6 times (LU had 26 miscues vs Richmond). They also swiped the ball five times and scored 20 off turnovers. They out-rebounded Mississippi State 39 to 38 and scored 20 in the paint. Three of their iron-men went 39, 39 and 37 minutes.

    Tonight the Broncs will trot out four starters who stand 6’6" or more including the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, senior PG Ryan Thompson. His 2008-09 numbers: 18 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, .422 3FG%, .509 FG%, 56 Steals. He wasn’t always a PG. Check out the story below: … n_tru.html

    A "must see" game tonight worth the $8.95 tab on BroncVision.

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