ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Jason Thompson scored a game-high 32 points -- including the 2000th of his career -- and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 40-minute performance to lead Rider to a 76-71 victory in the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Sunday night.
The second-seeded Broncs (23-9) advance to face top-seeded host Siena, which defeated Loyola 65-63, in Monday night's championship game. Harris Mansell added 16 points, and Kamron Warner had 10 for Rider, which reached its second title game in four years.
Rider trailed 57-56 with 7:15 remaining when Matt Griffin hit a 3-pointer, and the Broncs didn't give up the lead thereafter, though Marist tied it twice in the final minutes.
Thompson, the MAAC Player of the Year, converted a 3-point play to give Rider a 67-63 lead with 2:42 to go.
Marist pulled to within 74-70 with 12.2 seconds left on Ben Farmer's 3-pointer, but the Broncs knocked down 7-of-7 free throws over the final 1:57 to clinch the win.
Thompson was 8-of-8 from the line.
Marist was up 39-32, its largest lead of the game, at halftime.