Anthony Myles scored a game-high 23 points to help the Broncs (3-3) hold off a late Dolphins’ (2-4) rally. Jonathon Thompson added 18 points and six assists as Rider finished shooting better than 50 percent from the floor (30-57, 52.6) and three-point line (9-18, 50.0).
“We had another slow start,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “We have to find ways to stop digging holes for ourselves early into games. I was proud of the fight in the end and we will need that tomorrow with the quick turnaround.”
Senior Glenn Powell posted 22 points (15 first half) and 12 rebounds to lead the JU offense. Junior Keith McDougald had 17 of his 20 points in the second half where the Dolphins shot 51.7 (15-29) percent. JU would only make one three-pointer in 14 attempts, while shooting 31.3 from the floor in the first half.
Trailing In the second half, the Dolphins got consecutive three-point plays from freshman Jarvis Haywood and McDougald to cut the deficit to 57-46 (9:41). The Broncs hit a three-pointer each time to counter the Dolphins and added a three-point play from Thompson to extend it to 63-46 with 9:00 left. JU rallied with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 74-64 (2:47) on a Powell layup and free throw. Rider would make six free throws down the stretch and a couple of layups to quash the JU comeback.
Nurideen Lindsey finished with 10 points on 6 of 8 free-throw attempts for Rider. Myles also finished 6-for-8 at the line in the win.
In the first half, the Broncs pushed an early lead to 21-9 by using an 11-0 run, capped on a three-pointer by Shawn Valentine (11:04). A three-point play by Powell and three straight buckets from Haywood would cut the JU deficit to 27-22 with 5:43 left. Rider extended its lead back to double-digits in the final minute, but Powell hit a jump hook and free throws to cut the JU deficit to 34-26 at halftime.
Haywood finished with 12 points for the Dolphins, while senior Russell Powell added eight points and three assists.
The Dolphins close out the tournament tomorrow against Milwaukee at 4:30 p.m.