Rider eliminates Mt. St. Mary's from Northeast title race, 88-71

February 21, 1993|By Special to The Sun

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Rider College presented its all-time leading scorer Darrick Suber with several gifts before the game as part of its Senior Day ceremonies.

But it was Suber's teammates who presented him with the biggest gift of all during the second half in Rider's 88-71 victory over Mount St. Mary's.

With Suber struggling from the field, hitting just three of 10 after halftime, sophomore Al Flowers, freshman Deon Hames and the rest of the supporting cast led a late surge as the Broncs slowly pulled away and placed themselves in a strong position to win the Northeast Conference regular-season crown in their first year in the league.

The victory puts the Broncs (14-10, 12-4) one game in front of Wagner in the league standings, while the Mount (11-13, 9-7) was eliminated from the regular-season title race.

"We were very sloppy, and didn't make the shots down the stretch," said Mount coach Jim Phelan. "Suber didn't hurt us, but gave them too many second and third chances."

After a first half that featured 13 lead changes and three ties and ended with Rider in front 44-43, the teams were still even 52-52 at 16:15 into the second half after a Kevin Booth three-point field goal for the Mount. It was Booth's fifth and final three-pointer of the day as the senior finished with a season-high 30 points.

Rider's Jabaar Jones broke the tie with a dunk, igniting a 14-5 Bronc run that gave the hosts a 66-57 advantage with 10:05 to play.

The Mountaineers, after shooting 52 percent in the first half, went cold, hitting just seven of 33 shots (21 percent) in the

second half.

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