Feb. 16, 2011
BALTIMORE - Rider University overcame 21 turnovers by shooting 54.5-percent from the field, 62.1-percent in the second half, and the Broncs held off host Loyola University Maryland, 82-70, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Wednesday night at Reitz Arena.
Mike Ringgold led Rider with 14 points, while Danny Stewart had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The duo led six Broncs in double figures. They were joined by Jonathan Thompson and Anthony Myles who both had 12, and Novar Gadson and Brandon Penn who scored 12 and 11, respectively.
Loyola closed to within two points, 52-50, after Shane Walker blocked a Jonathan Thompson layup off the glass and Brian Rudolph picked up the loose ball, starting a 3-on-1 break. J'hared Hall finished it with a layup with 12:30 to play, but the Greyhounds (13-13 overall, 9-7 MAAC) would draw no closer.
Rider (18-9, 10-5) had an immediate answer for Hall's layup, as Novar Gadson knocked down a three from the right wing on the ensuing possession.
Gadson's three was one of eight on the night for the Broncs who shot 50-percent from behind the arc. Loyola, meanwhile, made just 2-of-19 threes.
Walker finished with a double-double of his own for Loyola, scoring a game-high 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Erik Etherly added 16 points, and Olson had 11 for Loyola.
Rudolph, who was honored along with senior manager Dan Gallo before the game on Senior Night, scored seven and had five assists.
The Broncs took a double-digit lead for the first time on the opening second half possession when Robinson hit a fade-away jumper to make it 41-31.
Loyola closed the gap quickly, making it a 43-39 Rider lead with 17:37 left on two Etherly free throws after a Thompson intentional foul. J'hared Hall made it a one-possession game for Loyola with a driving layup on the right baseline nearly three minutes later.
Robert Olson took a give-and-go pass from Walker and made a layup with 9:48 to play, cutting Rider's lead to 57-54, but the Broncs answered again. Ringgold and Stewart made baskets for Rider, and Stewart converted on a free throw after being fouled on his, giving the Broncs a 62-54 lead.
Walker pulled down an offensive rebound for Loyola and put in a layup, getting fouled and making the free throw himself, pulling the Greyhounds within five.
Ringgold missed a turnaround jumper in the paint Rider's next trip down the court, but Stewart cleaned it up for Rider, dunking the rebound. Ringgold then took advantage of an open lane to drive, rolling in a layup. After Walker scored for Loyola, Ringgold made it four points in a row, pushing Rider back on top by nine, 68-59 with just over six minutes to play.
Rudolph stole a Rider pass and dished to Olson for a layup, but Justin Robinson canned a three from the right side for the Broncs, giving them a 10-point lead, 71-61. Walker made a free throw on the offensive end for Loyola, but Anthony Myles made his third 3-pointer of the night to give Rider a 74-62 lead.
Rider jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a Justin Robinson 3-pointer from the right side less than five minutes into the first half, but Loyola scored the next six points to make it a one-point game. Brandon Penn stopped the Greyhounds' run with a three of his own, but a layup and free throw by Rudolph made it a one-point contest again.
The Broncs, however, scored the next seven to lead 19-11 with 11:18 remaining. Olson cut Rider's advantage to 24-22 with a three from the left baseline off a Hall assist with just over six minutes left in the first.
Rider would extend its lead to eight late in the first half, and after Dylon Cormier made a driving layup with 25 ticks before the break, Thompson made a layup for the Broncs to give them a 39-31 lead at halftime.
The Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday night when they take on nearby Towson University at 7 o'clock in an ESPN Bracketbusters game.