Saint Peter's (4-6, 1-1) vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (2-10)
Friday, December 23 – 2:00 PM
Pope Physical Education Center – Brooklyn Heights, NY
The Saint Peter's University men's basketball team will make a trip across the Hudson River to face New York City foe, St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday afternoon at 2p.m., on December 23. The Peacocks are on a three-game setback and enter the contest with a 4-6 overall record.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE TERRIERS
Friday's matchup between the Peacocks and the Terriers will be the 59th contest between the two metropolitan teams dating back to 1936-37. The Peacocks have won four straight meetings against the Terriers and lead the all-time series 32-26.
DECEMBER 23RD REMATCH
Saint Peter's and St. Francis Brooklyn played on the exact same day just a year ago, with the two teams meeting in Jersey City. The Peacocks were victorious, 56-45, in the Wednesday evening game. Quadir Welton led the Peacocks in points (17), rebounds (8), and assists (4) in the winning effort. Trevis Wyche added 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds, while Antwon Portley chipped in with nine points.
SCOUT ON THE TERRIERS
St. Francis Brooklyn currently holds a 2-10 overall record in 2016-17. Like the Peacocks, the Terriers are currently on a three-game skid, with two of the three losses coming to MAAC members Canisius (91-81) and most recently Manhattan (61-54). The Terriers have three players scoring over 12 points per game this season thus far. Starters Yunus Hopkinson (13.6) and Glenn Sanabria (13.5), and in reserve Rasheem Dunn (12.6), lead St. Francis Brooklyn in scoring.
Both Saint Peter's and St. Francis Brooklyn have squared off against Lafayette and Manhattan this season. The Peacocks split the two contests, earning an 84-70 win against MAAC foe Manhattan and falling in the season opener to Lafayette 61-57. The Terriers have dropped both contests to the teams, losing 74-72 to Lafayette, and 61-54 to Manhattan.
LAST TIME OUT
Cavon Baker scored a season-high 13 points as the Peacocks fell to Elon University, 68-53, on Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center in non-conference action. The Peacocks won the points in the paint battle (22-20), the turnover battle (12-8), the points off of turnovers battle (22-9), and the bench point battle (21-9), but still came up just short in the contest.
• The Peacocks have scored 80 or more points in all four wins this season.
• The Peacocks ranks first in the MAAC in scoring defense, rebounding defense, defensive rebounding percentage, and turnover margin.
• Quadir Welton ranks top 10 in the conference in total rebounds, offensive rebounds, and defensive rebounds.
• Behind the defense of Wyche and Patterson, the Peacocks are one of the MAAC's top teams in steals and steals per contest.
• Nick Griffin has hit four or more three-point field goals three times this season and has recorded at least one three point field goal in all but two games this season.
• Quadir Welton scored a career-high 27-points against Boston U. (Nov. 28) topping his previous mark of 24 points (scored vs. Niagara on Feb. 12, 2016)
STRONG SHOWING AT THE JOHNNY BACH CLASSIC
• The Peacocks posted a 2-1 record at the Johnny Bach Classic, including going 2-0 against neutral opponents, and winning those contest by an average of 19.5 points. The Peacocks 90 point effort against Lipscomb (Nov. 18) was tied for a John Dunne's team highest scoring output.
DOUBLES FOR DUNNE
• For the first time ever under John Dunne, six different players scored in double figures against FDU (Nov. 20): Trevis Wyche (17), Nick Griffin (16), Antwon Portley (12), Quadir Welton (12), Nnamdi Enechionyia (11), and Chazz Patterson (10).
• This was also the first time a Dunne coached team had all five starters score in double figures: Wyche, Portley, Patterson, Enechionyia, and Welton.
• The last time a team under Dunne had five players score in double figures previously had been Nov. 18, 2011.
• Saint Peter's was the first MAAC team to have six players, including all five starters, score in double-digits since Iona completed the feet back on March 2, 2014.
Q's DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRACKER
• Quadir Welton currently has two double-doubles this season and 15 in his career.
• Logged his first of the season against Lipscomb (Nov. 18), with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
• Registered his second of the season against Iona (Dec. 2), with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
• Quadir Welton registered back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career with 20 points against Lafayette (Nov. 14) and 23 points against Lipscomb (Nov. 18).
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
• The senior duo of Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA/Math, Civics and Science Charter) and Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter's Prep), along with sophomore Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster) were selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Teams. Welton was named to the preseason second team after being voted to the All-MAAC Third team last season. Wyche and Portley were named to the preseason third team after Wyche was a member of the All-MAAC Second team last year and Portley was a member of the All-MAAC Third team and All-Rookie team.
• 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.
• The Peacocks were selected fourth by the coaches in the preseason coaches' poll earning 86 votes after finishing the 2015-16 regular season tied for fourth in the final standings with a 12-8 MAAC record.
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
• 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.