Carl Danzig, head men's basketball coach at The University of Scranton, has announced that the Royals will play an exhibition game against Division I Rider University on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
"We are certainly stepping up when we play a Division I team," says Danzig, now 202-99 (.671) in 11 seasons as head coach at Scranton. "What it does is help prepare us for a higher level of play, so last year playing St. Joseph's, we pulled a lot a great things from that game, especially when we were making our NCAA run."
The Royals are coming off a 23-8 season in which they won their second straight and fourth Landmark Conference championship in five years. Scranton also advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993 before losing to eventual runner-up Cabrini College. Scranton will get a chance to avenge two losses to Cabrini last year on Tuesday, November 27, when the teams meet in the Long Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. as part of a men's and women's doubleheader against the Cavaliers. The women's game will tip-off at 5:00 p.m.
Rider University, a member of the Metropolitan Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), is coming off a 13-19 record under then head coach and current Binghamton University head coach Tommy Dempsey, a native of Scranton. The Broncs are now led by Kevin Baggett, who has coached on the Division I level for 16 years and has been on staff at Rider since 2006.
"I'm really in favor of these games," Danzig added. "We're looking for Rider to build some toughness and give us some good memories on what to draw on when we are in difficult situations playing against a better opponent."
The Royals will be playing Rider for the first time since dropping a 72-65 decision to the Broncs on December 3, 1983, at Alumni Gymnasium. Three-time all-American Billy Bessoir led all scorers in that game with 27 points for Scranton while Derrick Lamar had 18 points and nine rebounds and Kevin Thomas finished with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Broncs.
The outcome of this exhibition will not count towards either team's win-loss record.
Fans can purchase tickets online at the following web address: http://riderathletics.ticketleap.com/rider-mens-basketball-vs-scranton-exhibition-game/#
Since the all-time series began during the 1930-31 season, Rider University holds a 6-5 lead. Scranton's last win in the series was in 1974, 47-45.
The Royals will officially open their 2012-2013 season on Friday, November 16, against Oneonta State University in the first round of the Radisson Invitational beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Center.