Ranked second in the conference in a preseason poll by the men’s basketball coaches, the men’s basketball team has lofty expectations to fulfill this coming season. Returning 13 players, including four starters, 11-year Head Coach Darryl Keckler is hoping to build on the momentum built from last season’s trips to both the Landmark Conference and ECAC playoffs as well as their preseason trip to Canada.
The Rangers were able to deliver and rise to the challenge in their season opener Tuesday, Nov. 13 at cross-town rival FDU. In a thrilling match up, the Rangers led by as much as nine points in the first half, only to see the Devils come from behind to tie the game with 12:07 left. The score was 49-49, when the Rangers went on a 12-0 run, highlighted by seven points in a row from Sky Harris (‘19). Harris scored a career high 19 points in the matchup, after coming off the bench to help with the Rangers offense.
Riley Collins (‘20) continued his impressive career, scoring 23 points, good for the most on the team. He is coming off a season where he averaged 18 points per game, so the Rangers will be looking to him all season to continue generating on the attack. Collins also added three assists along with five rebounds to his tally for the game.
Keckler noted that the Rangers will also be looking to their seniors to help make the season successful and after Tuesday night there will be no doubt that they are ready to step up. Nate Aldrich (‘19) ended the game just short of a double-double, shooting 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the game. Darius Reiter (‘19) added nine points, while Dan Roibal (‘19) grabbed nine rebounds. Malachi Walker (‘21) also added nine rebounds to the stat sheet.
The Rangers finished the game shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line- they made 14 of their 16 chances. They also nabbed 46 rebounds to the Devils’ 31.
Drew was scheduled to have their home opener with the annual Rose City Classic tournament on Friday, Nov. 16 against Wheaton College. However, due to structural issues with Baldwin Gymnasium caused by the weather conditions the tournament has been moved. Friday’s games will be hosted at the College of St. Elizabeth and Saturday’s games will be held at New Jersey City University.