By Jordan Hall
The Rider men’s basketball team isn’t your traditional three-point shooting team. The Broncs possess high-level athleticism, a quality you wouldn’t expect three-point snipers to come from, but when Rider is hitting from deep, they sure are tough to beat.
In recent years past, the Broncs have been as streaky as they come from beyond the arc. At times, Rider can’t miss, and combined with their size and ability, they present a scary opponent. But when they’re not connecting from long range, the Broncs become predictable and easily beatable.
This season has been a case in point. In Rider’s four-game winning streak that included victories against USC and Loyola Marymount, the Broncs shot an impressive 51 percent from three-point land, which turned them into the second best three-point shooting team, percentage wise, in America.
But during their recent two-game losing skid, Rider has shot a putrid 27 percent from the perimeter, earning them two double-digit defeats.
Rider owns shooters, but being consistent from outside has been an obvious problem for the program. When the Broncs knock down jumpers from bonus territory, they can play, if not beat, anyone in the country. Just ask Mississippi State and USC.