Saints to open MAAC play vs Rider

After a disappointing 2-7 start to the season, the Saints are set to hit the reset button and begin the games that count the most, conference play. First up for the Saints tomorrow night, the 5-4 Rider Broncs.

Rider enters the game having last played on Saturday, a 75-66 win at Drexel. The win marked the Broncs first road win (not including neutral sites) and dropped the Dragons to 2-5. The Broncs took control of the game in the second half, outscoring Drexel by 10 while shooting 52.1% from the field. That number is not all that unusual for Rider who has shot 45% or better in 5 of their 9 games this season. As a team the Broncs are shooting 45% for the season.

On the boards Rider is led by Junior Daniel Stewart who is averaging 6 rebounds and 10.7 points per game. These figures are consistent with his output last season in which he averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. As a team Rider is averaging 32 rebounds per game to Siena’s 37. The difference comes largely on the offensive glass where Siena holds a 9-13 offensive rebound per game advantage.

In a number that might surprise Saints fans, Rider is averaging more turnovers per game than Siena, 17-15. While St John’s transfer Nurideen Lindsey is a driving force on the Rider offense, averaging 14 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, he is also averaging a team high 4.8 turnovers per game. Lindsey has had at least 5 turnovers in 5 of 9 games this season, including a season high 9 in Rider’s season opener vs Robert Morris.

Joining Lindsey and Stewart with double figure scoring averages are starters Jonathon Thompson (10.8) and Anthony Myles (13.2).

Again, similarly to Siena, Rider has struggled from the free throw line, shooting 68.1% on the season. Stewart (82.9%) and Thompson (75.9%) are the only Broncs, with more than 4 attempts, to be averaging over 70% from the line.

If the Saints can contain the Rider offense they certainly have a great chance to end their 5 game losing streak and start MAAC play with a win. The game tips at 7pm, and as always, Let’s Go Saints.

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