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Saint Peter's (17-12, 13-6) vs. Canisius (17-13, 10-9)
Sunday, February 26 – 2:00 PM
Koessler Athletic Center – Buffalo, NY
Saint Peter's men's basketball will conclude the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Canisius College with tip set for 2p.m. The Peacocks can secure a second place regular season finish and No. 2 overall seed in the MAAC tournament with a victory over Canisius.
SERIES HISTORY WITH CANISIUS
Sunday's finale will be the 77th meeting in the all-time series history between the Peacocks and Golden Griffins. The Golden Griffins lead the all-time series against the Peacocks with a 43-33 series advantage, including a 32-27 lead since they joined the MAAC in 1989-90.
OUR FIRST MEETING
Canisius scored on a coast-to-coast game-winning layup with 0.1 seconds left to defeat the Peacocks, 72-70 back on February 6. That was the last time the Peacocks lost before the current five game win streak. Trevis Wyche scored all of his Peacock-high 17 points in the second half and added five assists. Canisius was led by Kiefer Douse's game-high 22 points and Kassius Robertson's 15 points.
SCOUTING REPORT ON THE GRIFFS
Canisius enters the game with a 10-9 MAAC record and a 17-13 overall mark. The Golden Griffins fell to Fairfield on Friday night, 58-55 on a buzzer beater from Tyler Nelson. Phil Valenti led Canisius with 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Leading the way for Canisius offensively are Kassius Robertson who averages 16.7 points per game, Jermaine Crumpton who is averaging 16.3 points per game, Valenti who averages 14.0 points per game, and Kiefer Douse with a 11.1 scoring average.
LAST TIME OUT
The Peacocks won their fifth straight game and 13th MAAC contest on Friday night, topping Niagara, 66-53, in Western New York. The Peacocks never trailed and led for all but 20 seconds in the win. Nine different Peacocks got in the scoring column in the win, led by Trevis Wyche who scored a game-high 19 points. Wyche's senior classmate, Quadir Welton and Antwon Portley both scored 11 points in the victory.
The Peacocks will head to the Times Union Center in Albany, NY for the 2017 MAAC Championship. If the Peacocks finish as the No. 2 seed, they will play on Friday, March 3 at 9:30pm vs. 7/10. If they finish as the No. 3 seed, they will play on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm vs. 6/11.
• The Peacock's win over Niagara on Friday night secured at least a top three finish for the team.
• The Peacocks improved to 13-6 in the MAAC, and keep sole possession of second place in the standings
• The Peacocks 13 league wins set a new Saint Peter's record for most conference wins in a single season.
• The Peacocks 25 combined conference regular season wins over the last two seasons are the most ever in a two-year span by any Saint Peter's team.
• The senior class for Saint Peter's have won 42 total MAAC regular season games throughout their four years in Jersey City which is the most wins by any class in the 36 years of being MAAC members.
• The Peacocks are currently ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense, 25th in turnovers per game and rank top 45 in fewest fouls, fewest turnovers, and turnover margin.
• The Peacocks rank first in the most team categories (6) in the MAAC current rankings; scoring defense, three-point field goal defense, steals, turnover margin, rebounding defense, and defensive rebounding percentage.
• Trevis Wyche leads the league in assists to turnover ratio.
• Quadir Welton ranks top five in the conference in total rebounds and defensive rebounds, and he is in the top 10 in offensive rebounds.
• Quadir Welton's seven double-doubles is tied for fourth amongst MAAC players.
• Wyche ranks third all-time in career assists (473).
• Welton moved into third place all-time in career rebounds (821).
• Welton sits at third all-time in career blocked shots (128).
• Wyche ranks seventh all-time in career steals (157) and Chazz Patterson ranks 12th all-time (137).
THE HISTORIC CLASS OF '17
• The senior class for Saint Peter's have won 42 total MAAC regular season games throughout their four years in Jersey City which is the most wins by any class in the 36 years of being MAAC members. The classes of '90 and '91 each won 40 MAAC games in their four years (Class of '90 won; 11, 11, 11, and 7. Class of '91 won; 11, 11, 7, and 11).
BEST TWO-YEAR CONFERENCE SPAN
• The Peacocks 25 combined conference regular season wins over the last two seasons are the most ever in a two-year span by any Saint Peter's team. The previous best was 22, which was done on four occasions. From 1987-88 (11) to 1988-89 (11), from 1988-89 (11) to 1989-90 (11), from 2003-04 (12) to 2004-05 (10), and from 2009-10 (11) to 2010-11 (11).
BACK-TO-BACK 12 MAAC WIN SEASONS
• For the first time ever, Saint Peter's has won at least 12 MAAC games in consecutive seasons.
FOUR STRAIGHT BLOWOUTS
• The Peacocks won four games (Feb. 9-19) by over 19 points. The win margins of each of the games were, 31, 19, 25, and 19 for an average win margin of 23.5 points. The last time a Saint Peter's team won four games straight by a larger average was from December 10-22 in 1983 when the Peacocks won four straight by the scores of 24, 11, 23, and 38 for an average winning margin of 24.0 points.
SENIOR DAY SEND OFF
• The four Saint Peter's men's basketball seniors combined to score 38 points in their final home game against Fairfield (Feb. 19) led by Cavon Baker who scored a game-high 14 points knocking down four threes in the game. Trevis Wyche followed, scoring 11 points and dishing out a team-high four assists. Quadir Welton grabbed a team-best; seven rebounds and added eight points to the scoreboard. Chazz Patterson stuffed the stat sheet, scoring five points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out three assists, and making one steal.
CHARITY STRIPE PERFECTION
• The Peacocks are the only team in the MAAC with multiple perfect free throw shooting performances.
• 1-1 vs. Elon (Dec. 18)
• 17-17 vs. Monmouth (Jan. 02)
• 3-3 at Manhattan (Feb. 12)
• The Peacocks 31-point victory over Quinnipiac (Feb. 9) was the largest win margin for the Saint Peter's since the team defeated Fairfield, 63-33, on March 5, 2015 and was the third highest win margin of all other MAAC schools this season (Monmouth defeated Fairfield 91-49, +42 and Canisius defeated Marist 91-58, +33).
• The 45 total points scored by Quinnipiac in the loss is the second lowest opponent scoring game by a MAAC opponent this season.
• The Peacocks enjoyed a successful month of January going 7-3 in 10 games, including a 6-1 stretch from Jan. 9-26. The seven wins in the month are tied for the single most wins in any month of John Dunne's career (won seven games in January of 2010).
6 IN 12 = 5 AND 1
• The Peacocks concluded six games in a 12-day period from Jan. 15-26, going 5-1 during the stretch, earning road wins at Rider (Jan. 15), Fairfield (Jan. 17), and Marist (Jan.26) and home victories against Siena (Jan. 19) and Rider (Jan. 23).
• The Peacocks hit a season-high 13 three-point field goals, and shot a season best 65.0 percent from beyond the arc against Marist (Jan. 26). The 13 made three-point field goals were the most ever made in a game by a John Dunne team and the most by a Peacock team since the 2005-06 season when the squad hit 13 threes against Fairfield (Feb. 14, 2006).
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).
LEAVING HIS MARK IN JERSEY CITY
• 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. Keydren Clark is the only other player to do so.
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).
• The Peacocks made all 17 free throws against Monmouth (Jan. 2), shooting 100 percent from the line.
• The 17 for 17 free throw game by the Peacocks is the fourth of its kind this season (Fairfield, Manhattan, and Niagara each logged a 17-17 game during the season).
• 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 seven times this season and has recorded at least one three point field goal in all but three 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.
• Saint Peter's 37 made free-throws and 51 free-throw attempts against Lipscomb, are the most by a MAAC team this season.
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 seven double-doubles this season and 20 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.
• Earned his fifth of the season at Iona (Jan. 29), scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
• Got his sixth of the season at Manhattan (Feb. 12), scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
• His seventh of the season came against Marist (Feb. 14), scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 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.