Scores

Final

Marist 71

(18-14, 11-7 MAAC)

Rider 76

(23-9, 13-5 MAAC)

8:00 PM ET, March 9, 2008

1 2 T
MRST 39 3271
RID 32 4476

Top Performers

Marist: R. Schneider 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Rider: J. Thompson 32 Pts, 18 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

Rider 76, Marist 71

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Jason Thompson scored a game-high 32 points -- including the 2000th of his career -- and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 40-minute performance to lead Rider to a 76-71 victory in the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Sunday night.

The second-seeded Broncs (23-9) advance to face top-seeded host Siena, which defeated Loyola 65-63, in Monday night's championship game. Harris Mansell added 16 points, and Kamron Warner had 10 for Rider, which reached its second title game in four years.

Jay Gavin had 21 points for Marist. The sixth-seeded Red Foxes also got 18 from Ryan Schneider and 16 from Louie McCroskey. Marist hit 12 3-pointers in the loss, finishing the year 18-14.

Rider trailed 57-56 with 7:15 remaining when Matt Griffin hit a 3-pointer, and the Broncs didn't give up the lead thereafter, though Marist tied it twice in the final minutes.

Thompson, the MAAC Player of the Year, converted a 3-point play to give Rider a 67-63 lead with 2:42 to go.

Marist pulled to within 74-70 with 12.2 seconds left on Ben Farmer's 3-pointer, but the Broncs knocked down 7-of-7 free throws over the final 1:57 to clinch the win.

Thompson was 8-of-8 from the line.

Marist was up 39-32, its largest lead of the game, at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRST
RID
Points 71 76
FG Made-Attempted 22-63 (.349) 28-58 (.483)
3P Made-Attempted 12-41 (.293) 4-13 (.308)
FT Made-Attempted 15-21 (.714) 16-18 (.889)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 7 7

2007-08 Season

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Jan 4, 2008 MRST 81, @RID 80Recap
Jan 30, 2008 RID 79, @MRST 65Recap
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