Rider defeats St. Peters 69-57

Ryan Thompson scored 22 points to lift fifth-seeded Rider past

fourth-seeded St. Peter’s 69-57 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic

Conference tournament quarterfinals Saturday.

Justin Robinson and Mike Ringgold added 15 points apiece for the

Broncs (17-15), who reached the semifinals for the third straight


Rider advances to face the winner of Manhattan-Siena in Sunday’s


The Broncs attempted 46 foul shots, second most in tournament

history, with Thompson making 11 of 12.

Ryan Bacon had 24 points for the Peacocks (16-14), while Jeron

Belin scored 14.

St. Peter’s pulled within 51-45 with less than 6 minutes

remaining. Rider, however, held off the rally, going back up by

double digits on Thompson’s dunk with 4 minutes remaining.

Rider never trailed, racing out to a 17-3 lead and taking a

32-17 advantage into halftime.