Tonight's games

March 04, 1996

Northeast Conference semifinal Rider (18-10) at Mt. St. Mary's (21-6)

Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7:30

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: The rematch of last season's conference title game marks Rider's first NEC tournament appearance on the road. The Mount shocked the Broncs, 69-62, to win the 1995 championship after scoring only 16 first-half points. Mount St. Mary's quarterfinal win over Long Island (93-58) was the most one-sided game in tournament history. Rider eliminated St. Francis, Pa., 84-70. Mount G Chris McGuthrie (22.9 ppg) is the league's top scorer and Player of the Year, and G Riley Inge (16.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.8 apg) the best all-around player. Rider features all-NEC F Charles Smith (20.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and point G Deon Hames (14.1 ppg, league-high 6.5 apg). The Mount, which has won 15 straight overall and 16 in a row at home, swept the season series, 78-56 and 80-70.

Fla. State (13-12) at Maryland (15-11)

Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 8

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Still on the bubble, Maryland needs a victory tonight (and maybe more) to get an NCAA tournament berth. The Terps are 7-8 in the ACC and close out the regular season with a makeup game from the January blizzard. This could be the last game at Cole for four Terps seniors, provided Maryland doesn't wind up in the National Invitation Tournament. The Terps get a chance to avenge a 100-78 loss at Florida State on Feb. 10. The Seminoles shot 57.4 percent in that game, including 70.4 (19-for-27) in the second half. But Florida State has lost three of its past four and eight of 11. Maryland is 10-3 at home, Florida State 2-5 on the road.

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