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Men's Basketball Shuts Down Niagara, 99-76

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – The Rider University Men's Basketball team shot a season-high 52.0 percent (39-75) from the floor and held the MAAC's top two scorers to a combined 18 points en route to a 99-76 victory at Niagara Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Broncs improve to 8-6 (1-1 MAAC), while the Purple Eagles slip to 7-8 (0-2 MAAC).

Rider opened the game on a 12-0 run, making five of its first eight attempts while holding Niagara to 0-for-5 from the floor and forcing four turnovers. Rider would never trail. The Purple Eagles whittled the Broncs' lead down to two, 24-22, with an 11-2 run. But the Broncs responded with the next six points and expanded to an 11-point lead on a free throw with 29 seconds left in the half. Marvin Prochet knocked down a left-wing three with one second left in the half to make it a 42-34 Rider lead at the half. Rider shot 53.1 percent (17-32) in the first half.

The Purple Eagles cut the deficit to six on a Prochet jumper exactly one minute into the period. But the Broncs methodically built the lead to its largest point, 27, on pair of Anthony Durham (Philadelphia, PA/Abington/Putnam Science) free throws with 2:14 left.

Quotes & Notes
"We just challenged them. We watched a lot of film yesterday. We talked about, if we're going to be a good team, we've got to be better defensively. Guys have to be more accountable. Guys have to do a better job defending for one another in help side and contesting shooters."

"Niagara is a good team. I know they struggled today. But they've got a number of guys who can score. Dukes and Scott are two of the better players in the conference and I thought our guys were really focused on going at them at the start of the game."

"We wanted to attack inside today. We felt like we had the advantage in there with Tyere, Moko, Freddy and those guys. We attacked them on the drive. We attacked them on the post feeds. We've got to have a balance. We were shooting too many jump shots. I challenged Jordan Allen (Dover) today, not only on the offensive end, but on the defensive end I thought he responded. I challenged the team defensively. If we're going to be a good team in this league, we've got to defend." – Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett
 
- Rider now leads the all-time series with Niagara, 25-22.
- With the change to an unbalanced 18-game league schedule, this was Rider and Niagara's lone meeting of the regular season.  
- Rider has now earned at least a split of the MAAC's Western New York road trip in all of Baggett's six years at the helm. The Broncs have split the last three years and 2013-14, while taking both games in 2012-13 and 2014-15.
- The Broncs opened the game on a 12-0 run, holding Niagara to 0-5 shooting while forcing four turnovers in the game's opening four minutes. Rider led from wire-to-wire.
- Rider held the MAAC's leading scorer, Matt Scott (23.6 ppg. entering today's game), without a field goal (0-9). He had five points on 5-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line. Scott's previous season-low was four field goals made. It was his first game without a field goal since Dec. 30, 2015 at St. Bonaventure, a span of 64-straight games with a conversion.
- Scott and Kahlil Dukes (21.8 ppg. entering, 13 points today) entered the game as the league's top two scorers. Combining for 45.2 points per game entering the game, the duo was limited to just 18 points.
     
Broncs by the Numbers
- Rider shot a season-high 52.0 percent (39-75) from the floor, including percentages over 50 percent in both halves.
- The Broncs outrebounded Niagara, 50-36, and outscored the Purple Eagles, 56-24, in the paint and 23-7 on second chances.
- Led by seven assists from Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API), the Broncs dished out 20 assists to just 12 turnovers. Jordan also finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
- After a three-game drought, Jordan Allen (Dover, DE/Dover) returned to double figures for the 11th time this season with a team-high 18 points and a season-high nine rebounds. He made 7-of-15 field-goal attempts and 4-of-8 from long range.
- Frederick Scott (Munster, IN/Simeon [DePaul]) scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. For the game, he made 6-of-9 from the floor, including all six of his attempts from inside the three-point arc.  
- Tyere Marshall (Philadelphia, PA/Martin Luther King/Putnam Science) added 15 points and six rebounds. He made 7-of-12 field-goal attempts.
- Dimencio Vaughn (New York, NY/Calloway) and Karamoko Cisse (Denver, CO/Gillette College [Trinidad St.]) also added nine points each. The nine points are a season high for Cisse. Cisse also added the first two blocks of his Rider career.  
- Durham made all three of his field-goal attempts and finished with eight points. He also dished out four assists without committing a turnover in 24 minutes.  
- Rider limited Niagara to just 35.5 percent (22-62) from the floor.  
 

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