Jason Thompson leads Rider past Niagara 80-76

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP)—Jason Thompson scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Rider past Niagara 80-76 on Friday night.

Thompson’s brother, Ryan, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Broncs (18-6, 11-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), while Harris Mansell had 16 points and Mike Ringgold finished with 14. Charron Fisher had a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds for Niagara (14-8, 8-5), while Tyrone Lewis added 26 points and Stanley Hodge finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Rider, which won its 10th straight, broke open a close game midway through the second half. Leading 57-56, the Broncs used an 11-3 run to take a 68-59 lead with five minutes remaining.

Niagara fought back to cut the lead to 71-69 with two minutes left, but the Purple Eagles would not get any closer. Mansell sealed the win by hitting two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining.

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Charron Fisher Charron Fisher
13-27,  30 Pts
11 Rebs, 1 Assists
Jason Thompson Jason Thompson
8-17,  18 Pts
14 Rebs, 3 Assists

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