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Username Post: Game 3 Tonight - RIDER
LU65 
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Reg: 07-30-06
11-20-08 11:41 AM - Post#53812    

Rider (0-1) visits Stabler tonight after dropping their season opener to St. Joe's six nights ago 67-59. Picked to finish third behind Siena and Fairfield in in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) by The Sports Network (see link to story below), the Broncs will be ready to take it out on the Mountain Hawks after their six day layoff and a lackluster .35% FG shooting performance against the Hawks of St. Joe's. The Mountain Hawks, on the other hand, are flying high, hitting over one-half their shots, and are gunning for the trifecta to start their season.

Compliments of the Sports Network, here is their preseason story line on Rider:

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=...

While the Broncs must do without the services of NBA draft lottery, Jason Thompson, his brother Ryan certainly looms big for the Rider. And, he seems to have picked up right where he left off last year, hitting 7 of 11 of his shots (one from three point land) and going 4 for 4 from the line in game one for 19 points. Oh yeah, he played 40 minutes, brought down 6 boards and was credited with 3 assists against St. Joe's. How we limit his chances (.537 FG% last year) while keeping a lid of their top three point shooters (Lamar Johnson, Patrick Mansell, and Harris Mansell) may well determine the outcome of tonight's game. The three were neatly contained by St. Joe's hitting just 3 of 9 from beyond the arc last week. Other keys to the game might well be how Lehigh is able to score down low and take advantage of what appears to be a slight LU height advantage. St. Joe's Ahmad Nivins, standing 6'9", did just that canning 25 points in 38 minutes of play - all from two point land. When it wasn't his turn to hit, St. Joe's 6'1" guard, Garrett Williamson, obliged scoring 19. Can we tear a page out of the St. Joe book and pull off the same "inside-outside / balanced scoring" attack with Carrington/Anderson down low and the combination of Hall/Buchberger/Keefer on top? I'll also interested in seeing how - if at all - we are able to wear down their starters who logged 148 minutes of playing time and scored nearly 80% of their points last week against St. Joe's. Granted, the season is young but it appears we have a deep bench with some speed and the ability to pressure the ball well.

It should be an entertaining night at Stabler. See you there!

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