The Johnny Bach Classic
Rose Hill Gym, Fordham University
Bronx, New York
Friday, November 18, 2016
6:00pm Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Fordham
8:30pm Lipscomb vs. Saint Peter's
Saturday, November 19, 2016
3:00pm Saint Peter's vs. Fordham (LIVE STREAM)
5:30pm Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Lipscomb
Sunday, November 20, 2016
1:00pm Saint Peter's vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
3:30pm Lipscomb vs. Fordham
The Saint Peter's University men's basketball team will continue play in the Johnny Bach Classic on the campus of Fordham University at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, New York. The tournament format is three games in three days from Friday to Sunday. The Peacocks will meet tournament host Fordham on Saturday, and Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday.
What the Peacocks are up against
The Peacocks will have to go up against three teams that have combined for over 50 wins over the last two seasons, with two of the three teams qualifying for postseason play in 2015-16 (Fordham - CIT, Fairleigh Dickinson - NCAA).
The tournament host Fordham Rams, improved to 2-1 with a 68-55 defeat of Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night in the Johnny Bach Classic. Four of the five Rams starters scored in double figures, led by Chris Sengfelder with 18 points.
Last time out
• The Peacocks won their first game of the season and first game in the Johnny Bach Classic with a 90-77 win over Lipscomb.
• Senior forward Quadir Welton paced the Peacocks with a double-double and game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
• Welton also made a career-best 11 free-throws in the game.
• Nick Griffin and Sam Idowu both scored career-highs in the game, with Griffin dropping 21 points and Idowu scoring 13 points.
• Trevis Wyche added 13 points, four rebounds, four steals, and three assists in the win.
• Quadir Welton's 23-point effort marked the fourth 20+ point output of Welton's career and was his second highest scoring output (scored 24 points vs.Niagara on Feb. 12, 2016)
• Welton was one of 10 players in the MAAC to score 20 or points in the opening week and he currently ranks 3rd in scoring amongst the league leaders.
• Welton became the fifth MAAC player this season to post a double-double with his 23 points, 12 rebound effort against Lipscomb.
• Trevis Wyche ranks first in the MAAC with his 3.5 steals per game average.
• Saint Peter's defense stands as one of the best in the MAAC thus far in the season as the Peacocks rank first in rebounding defense and defensive rebounding percentage and third in scoring defense.
• Quadir Welton logged his first double-double of the season against Lipscomb on Friday night, making him just one of five players to tally a double-double thus far in the season and giving him 14 in his career.
• Quadir Welton scored back-to-back 20 point games for the first time in his career with 20 points against Lafayette and 23 points against Lipscomb.
MEET THE 2016-17 SQUAD
• The Peacocks return four of its five starters and eight letter winners from last year's team.
THE ALL-MAAC TRIO
• Quadir Welton earned Preseason All-MAAC Second Team honors. The senior started all 30 games for the Peacocks and averaged 12.4 points last season. He dominated the glass, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, which ranked second best in the conference and was a double-double machine, posting 11 which was third most in the league in 2015-16. The senior posted double figure-point games in 21 of the 30 games including a career-high 24 points against Niagara on Feb.12. Welton also rejected 33 shots in his junior campaign, well enough for the top 10 in the league.
• Trevis Wyche was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team. Wyche averaged 12.4 points per outing last season earning All-MAAC Second Team accolades despite being injured for most of the season. The senior guard was one of the top dime droppers in the MAAC, dishing out the fifth most assists in the conference with his 4.5 average. He also ranked second in the league in assist to turnover ratio, logging a 2.1 ratio. Wyche scored a career-high, 26 points against nationally ranked George Washington on Dec. 19. He was also one of the most efficient shooter in the conference, posting a 51.1 percent field goal average, which ranked fifth in the league.
• Antwon Portley joined Wyche on the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team. The sophomore started in all 30 games as a true freshman last season earning MAAC All-Rookie Team honors. Portley made an immediate impact in his collegiate debut, scoring a career-high 30 points against Brown and kept pace leading the Peacocks and ranking 17th in the MAAC with his 14.0 points per game. He recorded 22 games with 10+ points and nine games with 20+ points. Portley earned weekly honors on three occasions in his rookie campaign.
• Along with the All-MAAC trio, senior lock down defender, Chazz Patterson (Browns Mills, NJ/Trenton Catholic) is the fourth returning starter. Patterson, started in all 30 games last season and averaged 8.0 points per game, while posting a team best, 43 total steals in 2015-16.
TIME TO SUIT UP
• Senior Cavon Baker (Queens, NY/New Hope Academy [Md.] (Houston), junior Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/St. James School (Samford)), and junior Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) become eligible this season after the three sat out all of 2015-16 due to transfer regulations.
BACK ON THE LINEUP
• Junior J.R. William (Linden, NJ/Linden (Globe Institute of Technology) is back on the lineup in 2016-17.
• The sophomore big men duo of Mamadou Ndiaye (Laurel, MD/Oakland Mills) and Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) are projected to contribute to the Peacocks lineup in their second seasons.
SITTING THIS ONE OUT
• Sophomore guard Cameron Jones (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury) will sit out this season as he takes a redshirt year.
WELCOME TO JERSEY CITY
• The Peacocks welcome two newcomers and one walk-on to its roster this season.
• JUCO transfer, Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Grambling/Independence Community College) and true freshman Quinn Taylor (Amarillo, TX/Tascosa) join the team as scholarship newcomers in 2016-17. Turner will redshirt this season while Taylor will look to make his collegiate debut as a freshman.
• Sean Barksdale (Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) is a freshman walk-on that will look to make his collegiate debut this year.
THREE ON THE PRESEASON TEAM
• The last time the Peacocks placed three players on preseason teams, was in 2010-11 (Wesley Jenkins, Ryan Bacon, and Nick Leon). The trio led the Peacocks to the 2011 MAAC championship that season and were all named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.
ABOUT THE COACHING STAFF
• John Dunne is in his 11th season as the Saint Peter's head coach.
He led the 2011 squad to his first and only 20 win season, the 2011 MAAC Tournament title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. During that season, he was also named a finalist for the 2011 Skip Prosser Award.
Dunne has victories over Power Five Conference programs such as Alabama (50-49 in 2010-11), Rutgers (65-58 in 2007-08, 56-52 in 2012-13, 68-50 in 2013-14) and Seton Hall (83-80 OT in 2013-14).
Dunne was a four-year letter winner for the Ithaca men's basketball team from 1988-92. He helped the team to a 61-47 mark in his four seasons, including an 18-10 record in his junior campaign. Dunne left as the Bombers all-time leader with 168 career steals and he dished out 376 career assists to rank third upon the completion of his playing career. He also ranks on the single-season steal list, sitting in second place after recording 60 steals as a senior and tied for ninth with 52 steals in his junior year.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ithaca and Master's degree in Sports Management at East Stroudsburg in 1996.
A Queens, N.Y. native, he played his high school basketball for the late legendary head coach Jack Curran at Archbishop Molloy High School.
He is married to Marlene Burchfield Dunne, Ph.D., who serves as the U.S. Vice President of Assessment Services for SHL, an International Human Resources Consulting Firm. They reside in Florham Park, N.J. with their two children, Chloe and Brady.
• Assistant coaches Matt Henry and Serge Clement each return to the bench for their fourth seasons under John Dunne.
• JK Schneiderman returns for his second season as the director of basketball operations.
• David Danzig joins the staff in 2016-17 as an assistant coach.