Alumni Gymnasium, Lawrenceville, New Jersey; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: MAAC foes meet as Fairfield squares off against Rider. Fairfield won 63-55 at home against Canisius in its last outing. Rider is coming off a 67-63 win at Manhattan in its most recent game.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Each team has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Dimencio Vaughn, Frederick Scott, Stevie Jordan, Willy Nunez Jr. and Christian Ings have collectively accounted for 71 percent of Rider’s scoring this season and 68 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Fairfield, Landon Taliaferro, Vincent Eze and Aidas Kavaliauskas have combined to score 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 44 percent of all Stags points over their last five.JUMPING FOR JESUS: Jesus Cruz has connected on 25.5 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also converted 69.6 percent of his free throws this season.