Rider men’s basketball game at Rutgers canceled due to COVID – Trentonian

The Rider University men’s basketball team game scheduled for Saturday night at Rutgers has been canceled due to a COVID issue in the Rutgers program.

The cancellation was announced Saturday morning for a contest that was due to start at 5 p.m. at Piscataway. Rutgers said in a statement that the game would be rescheduled for a later date. The two schools are separated by just 28 miles and there is room in the schedule to hold a game in the week between Christmas and New Years.

It’s the latest in a series of games that have been canceled or postponed this week as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 tears across the country. It’s the first game Rider has had the virus this season.

The Broncs (3-8) expected to play for the first time in 12 days but will now resume Monday with a game against Division III Gwynedd Mercy. The Griffins (8-2) have won their last four games and had an opening in the schedule after their Monday game against Lebanon Valley College was canceled.

Rider’s next scheduled game after that is Jan. 2 at Quinnipiac. Rutgers, meanwhile, is scheduled to play non-league games against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 23 and Maine on Dec. 29 before stepping up Big Ten play against Michigan on Jan. 4.

The Scarlet Knights (5-5) last played Sunday night against Seton Hall in Newark. The Pirates had to pull out of a game against Iona at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and forfeit their Big East opener against St. John’s.

Testing protocols vary by school. Some test regularly, while others, like Rider, who is 100% vaccinated, only test Level 1 personnel if they feel sick or show symptoms.

Earnest L. Veasey