BASKETBALL GAMEDAY PREVIEW: HAWKS JUMP BACK INTO MAAC PLAY VS. RIDER
Monmouth Hawks (10-3, 2-0 MAAC) vs. Rider Broncs (8-5, 1-1 MAAC)
Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 1:00pm ET
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
Play-by-Play: Eddy Occhipinti
Analyst: Steve Bazaz
Sideline: Suzi Mellano
WMCX 88.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Mike Trapasso
Analyst: Matt DeLuca
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A pair of in-state rivals match up as the Hawks and Broncs get together to restart league play on New Year’s Eve. Monmouth tied a school record in the non-conference, winning eight times against non-league opponents, while Rider picked up seven victories out of the league. Both come off losses at ACC opponents last Wednesday night.
Rider leads the all-time series 27-19, as the teams met for years as members of the NEC and now compete in the MAAC. The Hawks swept last year’s season series, including a third win in the MAAC Tournament.
Monmouth has a quick turnaround, playing at Saint Peter’s on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.