LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) -Ryan Thompson scored 31 points and Rider defeated Niagara 70-62 on Monday night.
The Broncs (14-12, 7-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) trailed 37-23 at halftime after shooting 26.7 percent in the first half (8 of 30). However, Rider outscored the Purple Eagles 47-25 in the second half after a 56.7 percent effort from the field after halftime (17 of 30).
Niagara (13-13, 6-8) took a 51-40 lead with 12:26 left, but Rider scored the next 13 points for a 53-51 advantage on Jhamar Youngblood's layup with 7:34 to go.
Niagara pulled within 61-58 on a Tyrone Lewis 3 with 2:29 remaining, but the Broncs answered with six straight points to lead 67-58 on Ryan Thompson's free throws with 1:06 left.
Justin Robinson scored 14 points and Novar Gadson added 12 for Rider.
Lewis finished with 17 points and Bilal Benn had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Niagara.
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