By Thomas Albano and Chris Brooks
Following a winter break filled with inconsistency, the men’s basketball team has finally started to click, carrying a three-game win streak after its 73-65 victory over Fairfield on Feb. 3.
The Broncs (12-9, 8-4 MAAC) were led by senior forward Danny Stewart who finished with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Stewart has now surpassed Dick Kuchen, ’66, for third all-time in total rebounds.
Freshman guard Jimmie Taylor added 14 points, while freshman forward Kahlil Thomas totaled 11 points and grabbed six boards.
The victory against the Stags (4-19, 1-11 MAAC) gives Rider wins in five of its last seven contests putting them in a tie with Quinnipiac (13-8, 8-4 MAAC) for third place in the MAAC.
Head Coach Kevin Baggett is pleased to see his team starting to hit stride in this crucial point of the season.
“I definitely start to see our team coming together,” he said. “We’re coming together at the right time and it certainly helps to be home and have a great crowd behind us tonight.”
Rider now has only eight games remaining in the regular season before the MAAC Championship on Mar. 6 in Fairfield, Mass. Four of those games will be against Quinnipiac, Iona and Canisius, the top-three teams in the conference.
The Broncs begin this eight-game stretch Feb. 6 against Marist.
“The league is tough; Every night you have to bring it,” Baggett said. “This is the time you start trying to make your way up the league ladder. We just have to find a way to win.”