Recap: Rider vs. Fairfield
Lawrenceville, NJ (Sports Network) - A layup by Novar Gadson with 28.2 seconds to play gave the Rider Broncs a little breathing room as they held on for the 65-62 win over the Fairfield Stags in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Alumni Gym.
Gadson finished the afternoon with a game-high 19 points and added seven rebounds for the Broncs (13-18, 10-8 MAAC) as they closed out the regular season with back-to-back wins. Jeff Jones and Jonathon Thompson tacked on 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Stags (17-13, 12-6) were paced by Rakim Sanders with 17 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists, while Maurice Barrow registered a double- double with 15 points and a game-high 16 boards but still the team suffered a second straight loss and the third in the last four outings.
Rider opened the meeting on a 10-3 run, but the Stags refused to go away quietly and actually fought back to claim a 15-14 edge with just under 11 minutes remaining in the period. However, the Broncs ended up shooting 52.0 percent from the floor in the frame, including 5-of-9 behind the three-point line, in order to put up a 33-27 lead at the break.
In the second half the advantage was stretched to 13 points less than six minutes in, but again Fairfield clawed back into contention and trailed by just one point, 63-62, following a layup by Sanders with 1:15 to play.
Sanders had a chance to tie the game twice down the stretch, but both of his three-point tries missed the mark, sending the Stags to their second straight loss.
The Stags hurt their chances at a road win by turning the ball over 18 times and shooting just 6-of-13 at the free-throw line.
Rider, which was already locked into the fifth seed for the 31st annual MAAC Tournament which is set to begin on Friday, gets a bye through to the quarterfinal round on Saturday and will face this same Fairfield squad which, because of the loss, dropped to the fourth spot in the seedings.Game Notes