Talent: PxP - Doug Sherman, Color – Rob Kennedy
Saint Peter's (11-9, 7-3) vs. Marist (6-14, 3-6)
Thursday, January 26 – 7:30 PM
McCann Arena – Poughkeepsie, NY
Saint Peter's men's basketball hits the road for a three-game road trip, beginning with a meeting with Marist College on ESPN3. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season.
SERIES HISTORY WITH THE RED FOXES
Thursday night's meeting will mark the 49th all-time meeting between Saint Peter's and Marist. The Peacocks lead the all-time series 26-22. As members of the MAAC, the Peacocks hold a 24-21 series lead.
LAST SEASON AGAINST MARIST
Saint Peter's earned a season sweep over Marist last season, winning both meetings between the two teams. In the first matchup, the Peacocks topped the Red Foxes on the road, 68-60, powered by Trevis Wyche's 16 points. In the Jersey City contest, Saint Peter's won 76-67, with Wyche scoring 20 points and dissing out nine assists in the win.
SCOUT ON THE RED FOXES
The Red Foxes enter the game owning a 6-14 overall record and a 3-6 MAAC mark. Marist has lost four out of five, including most recently falling to Rider, 84-66. The Red Foxes have three players scoring in double figures this season; Khalid Hart (17.5), Brina Parker (12.7), and Ryan Funk (12.1).
LAST TIME OUT
The Peacocks, led by Cavon Baker, came back from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat hOURglass rival Rider, 56-51, on Monday night. Baker scored all 16 of his Peacocks-best, points in the second half. Saint Peter's outscored Rider 31-12 in the final 15 minutes to secure the comeback win.
NEXT ON TAP
The Peacocks head to New Roc, to take on Defending MAAC champions, Iona College on Sunday, January 29 at 4p.m. on ESPN3.
• The Peacocks earned its largest comeback victory of the season, erasing a 14-point deficit to knock off rival Rider
• The Peacocks improve to 7-3 in the MAAC and still sit alone in second place behind Monmouth in the standings.
• The Peacocks are in the toughest part of their schedule, playing in six games in 12 days and seven in 15 days. The Peacocks are currently 4-1 in the stretch.
• The Peacocks are currently ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense and 34th in turnovers per game.
• The Peacocks rank first in the MAAC in scoring defense, rebounding defense, and defensive rebounding percentage.
• Quadir Welton ranks top five in the conference in total rebounds and defensive rebounds, and he is in the top 15 in offensive rebounds.
• Trevis Wyche ranks second in the MAAC in assist to turnover ratio.
• 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 four double-doubles rank fourth amongst MAAC players.
• Trevis Wyche is one of just two Peacocks all-time to score over 1,000 career points, rank in the top five in career assists, and rank in the top 10 in career steals.
• Wyche ranks third all-time in career assists (432).
• Welton ranks fifth all-time in career rebounds (739).
• Welton sits at third all-time in career blocked shots (118).
• Wyche ranks ninth all-time in career steals (146) and Chazz Patterson ranks 15th all-time (121).
5 IN 9 = 4 AND 1
• The Peacocks concluded five games in a nine-day period from Jan. 15-23, going 4-1 during the stretch, earning road wins at Rider (Jan. 15) and Fairfield (Jan. 17), and home victories against Siena (Jan. 19) and Rider (Jan. 23).
GET OUT THE BROOMS
• The Peacocks swept the season series against hOURglass rival Rider, this year for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
BAKER'S 2ND HALF DOMINACNE
• Senior guard Cavon Baker scored 16 out of Saint Peter's 33 second half points (the second most points in the second half by any Peacock this season), leading the team in a 14-point comeback victory over Rider (Jan. 23). The 16 points are also a career-best for Baker wearing a Peacock jersey.
NEW CAREER MARKS FOR IDOWU
• Sophomore forward Samuel Idowu set new career marks in scoring (14 points) and three-point field goals made (4) and led the Peacocks in scoring for the first time in his career against Siena (Jan. 19).
WELCOME TO THE 1,000 POINT CLUB
• Senior guard Trevis Wyche became the 31st overall and eighth player under head coach John Dunne to join the club against rival Rider (Jan. 15) and senior forward Quadir Welton became the 32nd player and ninth under Dunne to join the club against Niagara (Jan. 21).
STARTING MAAC PLAY STRONG
• The Peacocks 7-3 MAAC start is tied for the best 10 game start under coach John Dunne (started 7-3 in 2009-10 and 2010-11). In both of those seasons, his squads finished 11-7 (prior to playing 20 league games).
CHARITY STRIPE PERFECTION
• The Peacocks made all 17 free throws against Monmouth (Jan. 2), shooting 100 percent from the line for the second time this season (went 1-for-1 against Elon on Dec. 18), becoming the only team in the MAAC with two perfect free throw shooting performances.
• The 17 for 17 free throw game by the Peacocks are the third of its kind this season (Manhattan and Fairfield each logged a 17-17 game during non-conference play).
• 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 five 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 four double-doubles this season and 17 in his career.
• Logged his first of the season against Lipscomb (Nov. 18), scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
• Registered his second of the season against Iona (Dec. 2), scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
• Recorded his third of the season at St. Francis Brooklyn (Dec. 23), scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
• Picked up his fourth of the season at Rider (Jan. 15), scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 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.