Monmouth University will face off against Rider on Friday evening in the MAAC championship tournaments semifinal for a tip off time at 6 PM Eastern. This game will be available on the ESPN news network. Rider university comes into this game with a record on the season of 14–18, and came away with an upset victory in the end AAC quarterfinals against Iona by the score of 71–70. Dwight Murray made a crazy shot with 7.3 seconds left in the game advancing Rider university to the semifinals.
Monmouth comes into this game with a record on the season of 20–12, and was victorious in the quarterfinal match up against Niagara by the score of 61–58. Walker Miller had 17 points in the contest and Shavar Reynolds added 15 points as Monmouth outscored Niagara in the second half for a narrow victory.
Rider University is led by Dwight Murray who is averaging 12.8 points per game with a field goal percentage on the season of 38%, and a free-throw percentage of 80.8%. Dwight Murray is also the team leader from the guard position in assists per game averaging 4.7, and is the team leader for minutes per game at 37.4.
Monmouth is led by George Pappas who is averaging 15.3 points per game on the season with a field goal percentage of 38.7%, and a free-throw percentage of 85.1%. George Pappas is also the team leader in minutes per game averaging 34.9 on the season from the point guard position.