Friday college basketball odds: Canisius at Rider

It’s a weak college basketball schedule on Friday night, with the top game being from the MAAC when Canisius visits Rider, with the host Broncs opening as 1.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.

Rider has won five straight after losing five in a row. Tommy Pereira scored 14 points, and Jonathon Thompson and Daniel Stewart had 13 each as Rider beat Iona 67-62 on Sunday. Thompson’s free throw with 3:10 remaining put the Broncs (11-9, 6-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) ahead to stay, 60-59. Iona’s total matched its season low. The Gaels, who had won six straight, were averaging 82.6, third highest in Division I. Pereira made his second straight start in place of Nurideen Lindsey, who is recovering from a concussion. Lindsey was cleared to play Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Lindsey, a former top recruit who transferred from St. John’s, practiced in full Thursday and will play Friday. Lindsey started the first 18 contests, averaging 10.2 points per game. Pereira averaged 15.5 points per game in two starts with Lindsey out and will likely start again Friday.

“My body is feeling great,” said Lindsey, who sustained the concussion taking a charge in practice last week. “Having the week that I had off, I came in and got treatment on my body besides having the concussion. I had a chance to get my legs back under me.”

Canisius has won two straight. Isaac Sosa netted 18 points on four 3-pointers as Canisius downed Siena 76-44 Saturday. Sosa was 6-of-11 shooting and attempted nine 3-pointers. The rest of the Golden Griffins (12-7, 5-3) were just 4 of 18 from beyond the arc. Canisius’ Chris Manhertz added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year, while Jordan Heath and Alshwan Hymes had 11 apiece.

Junior guard Billy Baron is averaging 16.4 points to lead Canisius. Sosa and senior guard Harold Washington are combining for 26 points per game. As a team Canisius leads the MAAC in three point field goal percentage, is second in the MAAC in both field goal percentage and free throw shooting and three-pointers made and is third in the conference in scoring.

For Rider, Junior Anthony Myles, junior Daniel Stewart and senior Jonathon Thompson are combining for 35 points and 16 rebounds per game. Myles is in the top 20 in the MAAC in four categories, including 16th in scoring.

Two years ago Canisius came to Lawrenceville and won 67-65. It was the first time Canisius won in Alumni Gym (1-14). Rider ended Canisius’ season that year, 2011, in the MAAC quarterfinals. Since joining the MAAC Rider is 27-7 against Canisius.

WagerWeb.com trends: Home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Rider. Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. Golden Griffins are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Rider.

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