Rider's Jimmie Taylor defends Desi Washington of Saint Peter's. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)
Jersey City, NJ - If you truly love defensive, grind-it-out style games, the Yanitelli Center was the place to be on Thursday. Rider imposed their defensive will, posting a 58-49 victory over Saint Peter's. The pace and efficiency:
Possessions: Saint Peter's 63, Rider 62
Offensive Efficiency: Rider 94, Saint Peter's 78
The Four Factors:
eFG%: Rider 40, Saint Peter's 35
FT Rate: Rider 61, Saint Peter's 33
OREB%: Rider 39, Saint Peter's 33
TO Rate: Both 21
What both teams did well: Defend. Rider, entering with a conference-best 90 defensive efficiency, kept Saint Peter's well under that figure. Chalk it up to forcing the Peacocks into a 21% turnover rate and a 35% eFG mark. Saint Peter's was just 2-of-15 shooting from long range.
On their end, Saint Peter's also imposed a 21% turnover rate on their opponents. In addition, they limited the Broncs to 40% eFG as Rider shot 3-of-14 from three-point range, a strong enough defensive performance to win on many a night. Just not this one.
Leading scorers and offensive efficiency:
Rider, Teddy Okereafor (12 points, OE .462)
Saint Peter's, Quadir Welton (15 points, OE .700)
Okereafor's efficiency was borderline, a little on the low side. Welton's, on the other hand, showed an efficiency on the edge of outstanding. Welton was the lone Saint Peter's player to shoot 50 percent (7-of-14) from the floor. Fortunat's 4-of-5 field goal shooting was Rider’s only performance of 50% or better from the floor. The two respective leading scorers were the only double digit scorers on the evening, a defensive battle indeed.
Rider is 8-3 in MAAC play, while Saint Peter's falls to 4-7.
“We played good defense. I knew this was going to be a grind. It’s not easy playing them (Saint Peter's) by any stretch.” - Rider coach Kevin Baggett
“We had open looks that did not fall but our paint defense was not very good down the stretch.” - Saint Peter's coach John Dunne