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Thursday, March 2 – Monday, March 6
Times Union Center - Albany, NY

No. 2 Saint Peter's (18-12, 14-6) vs. No. Canisius/No. 10 Marist
Friday, March 3 – 9:30 PM  

The Saint Peter's men's basketball team enters the 36th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament as the No. 2 overall seed for first time since the 1989 tournament and for the fourth time overall.

PEACOCKS AS THE NO. 2 SEED

The Peacocks have been the second seed in the tournament three times before, but haven't been the No. 2 seed since the 80's. The Peacocks record as the No. 2 seed is 5-3.

 

PEACOCKS MAAC SEEDING OVERALL RECORD

  • No. 1: 2-2
  • No. 2: 5-3
  • No. 3: 7-1
  • No. 4: 6-8
  • No. 5: 5-2
  • No 6: 1-3
  • No. 7: 3-4
  • No. 8: 2-2
  • No. 9: 0-3
  • No. 10: 0-5


 

PEACOCKS IN THE QUARTERFINAL ROUND

The Peacocks 15-10 all-time in the quarterfinal round. The Peacocks are playing in their fourth straight MAAC quarterfinals, going 1-2 in the last three. 

 

RECORD IN MAAC TOURNAMENT IN ALBANY

The Peacocks are 13-15 in MAAC tournaments at the Times Union Center (TUC). Two of the three MAAC titles won by the Peacocks were at the TUC (1991 and 1995).  

 

PEACOCKS VS THE FIELD

The Peacocks are 25-26 against the field MAAC field.

 

  • Canisius: 3-2
  • Fairfield: 6-6
  • Iona: 3-5
  • Manhattan: 5-6
  • Marist: 0-1
  • Monmouth: 0-0
  • Niagara: 2-1
  • Quinnipiac: 0-0
  • Rider: 4-3
  • Siena: 2-2


 

PEACOCKS MAAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Peacocks hold a 31-33 all-time MAAC tournament record. The Peacocks won MAAC tournaments in 1991, 1995, and 2011. The Peacocks have made seven trips to the title game, the fifth best mark all-time in the MAAC.

 

ALL-MAAC HONORS

The senior duo of Quadir Welton and Trevis Wyche earned all-conference honors. Welton became just the eighth player overall in Saint Peter's history and first under head coach John Dunne, to earn first team honors and Wyche was named to the second team for the second straight season.  

 

BACK-TO-BACK ALL-MAAC

The two seniors become the first duo to earn back-to-back all league honors since Ricky Bellinger and Jamar Hunter made All-MAAC teams in consecutive seasons in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

 

STRONG FINISHERS

For the fourth-straight year, the Peacocks ended the regular season on a positive after enduring a losing streak.

After losing three straight games, with two coming in overtime and one on a layup with 0.1 seconds left, the Peacocks rallied off six straight wins to close the regular season.
Last season, after losing five-straight, the squad finished the regular season with wins in six of its last eight games.
In 2014-15, the Peacocks lost four-straight in February before going 3-1 in the final four games of the year to earn a spot in the MAAC Semifinals.
In 2013-14, the team lost five-straight league games before Saint Peter's closed the year by winning seven of the last 10 games.

 

UP NEXT…

The Peacocks will play on Friday, March 3 at 9:30pm vs. the winner of No. 7 Canisius/No. 10 Marist.

 

WHAT'S TRENDING

• The Peacock's win over Canisius on Sunday afternoon secured the second place regular season finish for the team.

• The Peacocks finished the regular season 14-6 in the MAAC and 18-12 overall.

• The Peacocks 14 league wins set a new Saint Peter's record for most conference wins in a single season.

• The 18-12 overall record guarantees John Dunne his third winning season, and first since the 2010-11 season.  

• The Peacocks 26 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 43 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 9th nationally in scoring defense, 23rd 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.

•  Chazz Patterson ranks second in the conference in steals and Trevis Wyche ranks third.

Quadir Welton's seven double-doubles is tied for fourth amongst MAAC players.

 

MILESTONE TRACKER

• Wyche ranks third all-time in career assists (479).

• Welton moved into third place all-time in career rebounds (825).

• Welton sits at third all-time in career blocked shots (128).

• Wyche ranks seventh all-time in career steals (160) and Chazz Patterson ranks 12th all-time (137).

 

THE HISTORIC CLASS OF '17

• The senior class for Saint Peter's have won 43 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 26 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)

 

BOBCAT BLOWOUT

• 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.  

 

SUCCESSFUL JANUARY

• 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).

 

FROM DOWNTOWN

• 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).

 

17-FOR-17

• 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).

 

THEFT MASTERS

Trevis Wyche and Chazz Patterson have ranked in the top five of the MAAC in steals all season.

• Behind the defense of Wyche and Patterson, the Peacocks are one of the MAAC's top teams in steals and steals per contest.

 

3-PT SPECIALIST

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. 

 

QUADDY'S CAREER-DAY

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. 

 

20/20 VISION

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).

 

BENCHMARK CAREER-GAME

• Both Nick Griffin and Samuel Idowu had career nights in scoring off of the bench for the Peacocks against Lipscomb (Nov. 18) with Griffin scoring 21 points and Idowu scoring 13 points.

 

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.

 

LOCKDOWN DEFENDER

•  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.

 

PRESEASON POLL

•  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.

 
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