LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ -- Rider shot 57% from the field and had five players score in double figures as the Broncs remained atop the MAAC Standings with a 97-71 win over Siena Basketball at Alumni Gymnasium. Freshman guard Jordan Horn paced three Saints in double figures with his second straight 18-point performance.
Reigning MAAC Player of the Week Dimencio Vaughn scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half for Rider (20-7, 13-2) which reclaimed sole possession of first place in the MAAC Standings by a half game over idle Canisius. Frontcourt mate Tyere Marshall added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes for the Broncs which have won nine straight overall and improved to 10-1 at home.
Red-shirt junior guard Kadeem Smithen scored 10 points and added a career-high four blocks, while junior forward Evan Fisher added 10 points of his own for Siena (8-20, 4-11) which shot 10-23 from three-point range. Freshman forward Prince Oduro contributed nine points and eight rebounds for the Saints which scored 20 second chance points off the strength of 15 offensive rebounds.
Rider opened the game on a 19-9 run and led virtually throughout in building upon the program's best-ever MAAC start. Siena answered with an 11-3 spurt to rally back within as close as a bucket midway through the first half, but the Broncs scored 30 of their 52 points in the paint over the opening 20 minutes to take a 50-38 lead at the break. The Saints established a new season-high with eight first half threes in recording their highest scoring opening stanza in over a month.
Siena used a 7-0 run to rally back within as close as 63-55 with 12:33 remaining in the second half, but Rider responded with 13 unanswered points to pull away and add to their longest winning streak in a decade. Stevie Jordan contributed 17 points and six assists and Frederick Scott chipped in with 14 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting in 12 minutes off the bench for the Broncs.
The Saints return to action Sunday for their penultimate regular season home game when they host two-time defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth at 2 p.m. at the Times Union Center.