The Niagara Purple Eagles will host the Rider Broncos in MAAC play Friday night from the Gallagher Center. The Broncos crushed Marist 69-52 in their previous game, and the Purple Eagles tallied a 70-69 road win over Iona on Saturday. Rider beat Niagara in both games last season.
Rider Defeats Marist, Improve to 3-2 in Conference Play
The Rider Broncs are seeking their second straight win. The Broncs have fared well in MAAC play, compiling a 3-2 record through five games. They ended a two-game slide with a convincing 69-52 road loss over Marist on Sunday to cover 8.5 point spread. Rider’s defense has been their top strength in conference play.
Dimencio Vaughn is playing with confidence after sinking 21 points in Sunday’s easy victory. The junior guard has reached at least 18 points in three out of his last four games and is averaging 14 PPG and 7 RPG. Frederick Scott continues to excel from three-point range where he now holds a 41% efficiency on the season. The junior forward is currently averaging 13.5 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Tyere Marshall scored 20 points in a recent loss to Iona. The 6-foot-9 senior center has collected four double-doubles and owns an average of 13 PPG and 8.8 RPG.
The Broncs are currently placed 181st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they stand at 3-5 on the road. Rider is scoring an average of 72.9 points, ranking them 139th in DI. They are allowing 71.3 points, positioning them 234th overall.
Niagara Snaps Mini Slide with Upset Over Iona
The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to improve their MAAC record to 3-2 in this one. Niagara snapped a mini two-game losing streak with a surprising 70-69 road win against Iona on Saturday in a game that had Niagara tagged as 8.5 point dogs.
James Towns has shot at least 50% in two out of his last three games. The senior guard was limited to just four points on Saturday, and he holds an average of 13.1 PPG on 45.2% shooting. Marcus Hammond is locked in, sinking a combined 46 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard is in a groove from beyond the arc as well, and he has increased his season average to 13.1 PPG. Raheem Solomon is coming off a 17 point effort on Saturday. The sophomore guard was struggling prior to Saturday, and he is averaging 11.4 points on a 42% clip from the field.
The Purple Eagles are placed down at 293rd in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a 2-2 record at home. Niagara is currently averaging 66.6 points, ranking them down at 295th in DI. They are playing better defense recently but are still allowing an average of 76.2 points, positioning them 318th overall.
The Rider Broncs are:
- 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
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