Saint Peter's (5-7, 1-1) vs. Monmouth (10-4, 2-1)
Monday, January 2 – 7:00 PM
Yanitelli Center – Jersey City, NJ
Saint Peter's men's basketball opens league play back up in the New Year against hOURglass rival and defending MAAC regular season champion, Monmouth University on Monday, January 2. This will be the first hOURglass contest for the Peacocks on the season.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST THE HAWKS
Monday nights contest will be the 34th all-time meeting between the Peacocks and Hawks dating back to 1963-64. The Peacocks lead the all-time series 22-11.
hOURglass SERIES RECORD VS. THE HAWKS
This will be the seventh time the New Jersey rivals compete as members of the MAAC. The series record with both teams as conference foes is tied at 3-3. Saint Peter's earned the series sweep in Monmouth's inaugural season in 2013-14. The teams split the season series in 2014-15 with the road team winning both games. Monmouth swept the Peacocks last season, giving the Hawks a three game winning streak against the Peacocks.
LAST SEASON'S SERIES RESULTS
The Peacocks were swept in last year's series meeting with the Hawks, falling 73-57 at Monmouth on January 30 and dropping a tight contest in overtime at home on February 21, 82-75.
SCOUT ON MONMOUTH
The Monmouth Hawks enter the game tied for first place in the MAAC, boasting a 10-4 overall record and a 2-1 MAAC tally. After starting the season 1-2, the Hawks reeled off nine straight wins, including two MAAC wins in the opening weekend against Quinnipiac and Canisius. The Hawks enter Monday's rivalry on a two-game losing streak, including a 93-90 overtime loss to the third member of the hOURglass rivalry, Rider on Saturday. The Hawks are led by Preseason MAAC Player of the Year, Justin Robinson, averaging 18.1 points per game. Along with Robinson, Monmouth also has two other players averaging on double figures on the season including Michah Seaborn (14.8) and Je'lon Hornbeak (13.1).
LAST TIME OUT
The Peacocks concluded non-conference play with a 63-55 loss at No. 24 nationally ranked Notre Dame on December 28 in the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana. In his first time appearing in the starting lineup, Nick Griffin scored a team-high 16 points on four made three-point baskets. Antwon Portley added nine points and Nnamdi Enechionyia scored eight points.
NEXT ON TAP
The Peacocks continue MAAC play on the road at Siena on Saturday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m.
• Nick Griffin scored a team-high 16 points in his first start of the season.
• The Peacocks will look to start MAAC play 2-1 or better for just the third time under coach Dunne (started 3-0 in 2010-11 and last season).
• The Peacocks rank first in the MAAC in scoring defense, rebounding defense, and defensive rebounding percentage.
• Quadir Welton ranks top 10 in the conference in total rebounds, offensive rebounds, and defensive rebounds.
• Saint Peter's 37 made free-throws and 51 free-throw attempts against Lipscomb, are the most by a MAAC team this season.
• Quadir Welton's three double-doubles are tied for fourth amongst MAAC players.
• 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 four 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 three double-doubles this season and 16 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.
• Recorded his third of the season at St. Francis Brooklyn (Dec. 23), scoring 17 points and grabbing 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).
• Seniors Trevis Wyche and Quadir Welton can become the 30th and 31st players in Saint Peter's history and eighth and ninth players under John Dunne to score over 1,000 points. Wyche currently has 943 points, while Welton has 919.
• Wyche is currenly fourth all-time in assists (400). He can move into third all-time if he surpasses Ken Slappy 1973-77 (404).
• Welton is currently seventh all-time in rebounds (686). He can move into sixth all-time if he surpasses Luis Arrosa 1992-96 (687).
• Welton sits at third all-time in blocked shots (113).
• Wyche is tied for 12th all-time in steals (132) and senior Chazz Patterson is tied for 19th (105).
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.