Thursday, December 26, 2013

St. Peter's Athletics Game Notes for Cornell






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opening tip... Saturday's game between Saint Peter's and Cornell marks the second meeting in the all-time series dating back to last season.
• The Peacocks downed the Big Red 68-64 on Nov. 16, 2012.

about the big red... Cornell comes into the contest 0-11 after falling 76-54 on Sunday.
• Junior G Devin Cherry and freshman G Darryl Smith paced the Big Red with 11 points apiece. Cherry scored a season-high 19 points in a 86-71 loss against Radford on Nov. 25. The junior ranks third on the team with 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Smith notched a career-best 13 points in a 93-89 overtime loss against Loyola on Nov. 10. The freshman is averaging 3.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
• Sophomore G Nolan Cressler leads the team with 16.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The sophomore scored a season-high 27 points in an 83-70 loss against Western Michigan on Nov. 29 and 25 points against Siena in a 71-70 loss on Nov. 22.
• Freshman G Robert Hatter is second on the squad with 12.1 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds per game. Hatter notched a career-high 32 points against the Greyhounds and has recorded double figures in four of his last five games, including two 20-point performances.
last time we met... Blaise Ffrench scored 22 points to lead Saint Peter's past Cornell 68-64 on Nov. 16, 2012. Yvon Raymond added 14 points, Chris Prescott posted 11 points and Desi Washington chipped in 10 points in the winning effort. Devin Cherry fueled four Big Red players in double-figures with 14 points. Shonn Miller and Galal Cancer each added 13 points and Nolan Cressler recorded 10 points in the loss.
quick hits on hartford... Hartford went on a 15-2 run in the second half to take the lead it would not relinquish en route to a 66-56 win against Saint Peter's on Sunday.
• Junior Marvin Dominique tallied 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Hawks for his fifth double-double this season. The junior has posted double figures in all 10 games this season and has three double-doubles in his last four games. The junior is averaging 17.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in his last four games. Dominique, who leads the team with 18.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, has registered five games with 20 points or more.
• Junior G Desi Washington added 11 points against Hartford. The junior has found double figures six times this year, including in all three of the Peacocks wins. Washington is 34 points away from 1,000 points, but only has 572 of those points in a Saint Peter's uniform after playing his first season at Delaware State. Washington ranks second on the team with 13.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
• Freshman G Trevis Wyche posted 10 points against the Hawks for the freshman's second career double-figure point performance. The freshman recorded a career-high 11 points against Kent State on Nov. 17. Wyche has dished out five assist in a game four times this season. The freshman ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
• Freshman Quadir Welton registered nine points and seven rebounds on Sunday. The freshman is averaging 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his last three games. Welton has posted at least eight points in a game six times this season, including his last three games. The freshman ranks third on the team with 7.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
• The Peacocks have led at halftime in seven of the 10 games in 2013-14. The squad is 3-4 when Saint Peter's has the lead or is tied going into the locker room.
• The tilt at Hartford concluded a five-game road trip. Saint Peter's went 1-4 in this span with its one win coming in the form of an 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
• The Peacocks return home on Saturday for the first time in 32 days.
next on tap... Saint Peter's continues its three-game homestand and restarts MAAC play on Jan. 2 against Manhattan and then will host Canisius on Jan. 4.
• The Peacocks will play four of its next five games at the Yanitelli Center.

statistically speaking... Saint Peter's ranks in the Top-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in nine categories, including leading the circuit in rebounding defense (32.7).
• The Peacocks also ranks second in scoring defense (70.1), second in rebounding margin (+3.4), third in defensive rebound percentage (.708), fourth in field goal percentage (.426), fourth in steals (6.5), fourth in offensive rebound percentage (.347) and fifth in field goal defense (.439).
• Junior Marvin Dominique leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.6) while ranking second in rebounding (9.9), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.2), sixth in scoring (18.1), sixth in blocked shots (1.3) and eighth in minutes played (33.4).
• Freshman Trevis Wyche ranks third in steals (1.5), fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and fifth in assists (3.9).
• Freshman Quadir Welton is third in field goal percentage (.554) and fifth in offensive rebounds (3.2) while junior Desi Washington ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.848) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.3). 
home, sweet home... Junior Marvin Dominique is averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his first two games at the Yanitelli Center.
• The junior posted 12 points against Hampton on Nov. 12 and recorded his first 20-point performance at the Yanitelli Center against Binghamton on Nov. 26.
• Junior Desi Washington is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in two home games this season. Washington had nine points against Hampton and 12 points against the Bearcats.
• Junior Jamel Fields is averaging 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. The junior also had nine points against the Pirates and 12 against Binghamton.
• Saint Peter's is 1-1 in Jersey City after defeating Binghamton 70-57.
• The game against Cornell will be the first home game for the Peacocks in 32 days.
• Saint Peter's is averaging 64.5 points per game at home while the opponents are averaging 60.5 points per game. The Peacocks are shooting 40.4 percent from the floor while the opponents are hitting 41.5 percent of its shots.
in the last five... Junior Marvin Dominique is averaging 18.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in his last five games.
• The junior has registered three 20-point performances and three double-doubles in that stretch. Dominique has posted his two best rebound games in his last five games after hauling in a career-best 16 points at Niagara on Dec. 8 and 14 boards against Hartford on Dec. 22.
• Junior Desi Washington is averaging 13.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in that stretch. Washington has recorded three-straight double-figure point performances in the last five games, including his career-high 34 points against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
• The Peacocks are 1-4 in their last five games. The squad is averaging 65.4 points per game in this span while the opponents are averaging 71.0 points per game. Saint Peter's is shooting .433 percent from the floor and opponents are hitting at a .444 clip.
• Saint Peter's lone win in the last five games was an 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
playing the numbers game... Saint Peter's has only trailed at halftime in three of the 10 games, but the squad is 3-4 when it takes the lead or is tied going into the locker room and 0-3 when it trails at the break.• The team will be playing its fifth game on Saturday, but its first tilt on the day in Jersey City. The Peacocks are 2-2 on Saturday this season.
• Saint Peter's will also be playing its seventh afternoon game and fifth in the last six games. The squad is 1-5 during the day in 2013-14. The lone win in the afternoon was an 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
• The Peacocks are 44-22 under head coach John Dunne when the opponent does not reach 60 points in a game.
in the month... Saint Peter's is 120-119 overall in the month of December since joining the MAAC in 1981-82.
• The Peacocks are 57-32 at home and 63-87 away from the Yanitelli Center in that span.
• The squad is 12-25 in league play in the last month of a calendar year, including 5-11 at home and 7-14 on the road.

all boarded up... Saint Peter's has won the battle othe boards in eight of the 10 games this season, including a season-best 10-carom margin against Binghamton on Nov. 26.
• The only two games this squad did not have the advantage was against Kent State on Nov. 17 and against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
• Saint Peter's is 2-6 when they hold a rebounding edge and 1-1 when the opponent has the edge in 2013-14.
playing with the big boys... While the 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall on Dec. 14, ended a 17-game losing streak against the Pirates, defeating teams from the bigger conferences is no stranger to the Peacocks.
• It was the third time under head coach John Dunne Saint Peter's has defeated a BCS school after downing Alabama 50-49 in 2010-11 and Rutgers 56-52 in 2012-13.
• The Peacocks have beaten a Big East school in each of the last two seasons.
• Saint Peter's also has wins against Boston College, Georgetown, UMass and Michigan State on their resume in team history, but the biggest win in program history might have been when the squad downed top-ranked Duke 100-71 in the 1967-68 NIT to reach the "Final Four" of that tournament.
washington honored... Junior Desi Washington was named the MAAC Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 9-15.
• It was the junior's first MAAC weekly honor after being named to the All-MAAC Preseason second team prior to the start of the season.
• Washington was also named the Corvias ECAC Metro/Upstate Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week and College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week.
• The junior earned the honor after scoring a career-high 34 points, including the decisive 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left in an 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall to end a 17-game losing streak against the Pirates.
• Washington was honored four times as a member of the Delaware State men's basketball team when he was awarded the MEAC Rookie of the Week in 2010-11 four times.
• Washington is the fourth player to earn the league honor under head coach John Dunne and the first since Ryan Bacon earned the recognition on Jan. 31, 2011.
forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go downtown... After starting the season hitting under 30 percent of its attempts from 3-point land in its first two games, the Peacocks have connected  on 30 percent or better from behind the arc in five of their last seven games.
• Saint Peter's connected on a season-best 10 of 19 attempts from 3-point land against Seton Hall on Dec. 14. Junior Desi Washington powered the 3-point barrage after hitting 7 of 9 from behind the arc.
• Washington leads the team with 23 treys this season while fellow junior Marvin Dominique has 11 triples.
• Washington was the squad's best 3-point shooter last season after connecting on 81 of 217 attempts for 37.0 percent.• On defense, teams are shooting 33.0 percent on 3-pointers while the Peacocks held the opponents to 32.4 percent last season.

what's your number... Saint Peter's has reached 80 points twice this season after falling 87-80 to LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9 and defeating Seton Hall 83-80 in overtime on Dec. 14.
• Three of the last four times the Peacocks have reached 80 points in a game were against LIU Brooklyn. The squad is 1-2 in those contests against the Blackbirds.
• Saint Peter's has reached 80 points in a game eight times in the eight seasons under head coach John Dunne and the squad is 5-3 in those games.
• The team has scored at least 70 points in a contest 37 times under Dunne and the Peacocks are 23-14 when it reaches that mark.
• Saint Peter's is also 1-0 when the team scores 90 points in a game.
• The Peacocks have scored at least 70 points three  this season and are 2-1 in those contests.
• Saint Peter's reached 70 points in three games last season. 
dominate and unique equals marvin dominique... Junior Marvin Dominique has scored in double figures in his first 10 games in a Peacocks uniform.
• The junior has recorded one 30-point game, four 20-point performances and four double-doubles in his first nine games of his initial season in Jersey City.
• Dominique  recorded a career-high 31 points along with 14 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn in the season opener on Nov. 9.
• The junior hauled in a career-best 16 rebounds against Niagara on Dec. 8.
• Dominique did not score more than 10 points in a game or post more than 11 rebounds in a contest in 40 tilts with the Rams.
• After not recording a double-double with Fordham, Dominique has three double-doubles this season.
counting on the newbies... The Peacocks have seven newcomers on the roster and they have accounted for 447 of the squad's 661 points this season.
• The newcomers have accounted for 68 percent of the offense this season led by junior Marvin Dominique and his 18.1 points per game.
• Junior Desi Washington has 133 of the 214 points scored by the returning players from last season while senior Chris Burke has 55 points this season.
• Washington and Burke are the only returners thathave posted double figures in points this season while Dominique and fellow juniors Jamel Fields and Tyler Gaskins and freshmen Trevis Wyche and Quadir Welton each have at least one 10+ point contest this season.
double vision... Saint Peter's has had a player post double figures in rebounds seven times this season.
• Junior Marvin Dominique has five of the seven double-digit rebound games after hauling in a career-high 14 boards against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9, 11 caroms against Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 23, 10 against Canisius on Dec. 6, a career-best 16 boards against Niagara on Dec. 8 and 14 rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 22.
• Freshman Quadir Welton also had 10+ rebounds against the Blackbirds when he hauled in 11 rebounds while senior Chris Burke grabbed 11 boards against Hampton on Nov. 12.
• The Peacocks only had three double-figure carom games last season.
thirtysomething and staying in the twenties... Junior Desi Washington scored a career-high 34 points against Seton Hall on Dec. 14 to mark the second time this season and the fifth time under head coach John Dunne's eight-year tenture he had a player score 30 points in a game.
• Junior Marvin Dominique also reached 30 points this season when he poured in a career-high 31 points against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9.
• Wesley Jenkins is the only other player to post 30 points in a game when he reached the total twice.• The Peacocks are 3-2 under Dunne when a player registers 20 points in a contest.
• Dominique has scored 20 points or more five times this season and Washington has done it twice.
• Saint Peter's is 33-36 when a player has a 20-point performance under Dunne.
capital gains... Junior Desi Washington has posted double figures in 26 of the 40 games, including nine  20-point performance, since he joined the team at the start of last season.
• Washington has reached double figures six times this year, including a career-high 34 points against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
• The Peacocks are 7-3 when Washington reaches 20 points in a game.
• Washington played his freshman campaign at Delaware State in 2010-11 and scored 394 points with the Hornet.
• The junior has recorded 572 points in his two seasons in Jersey City and needs 34 points to reach 1,000 points for his career.
• Washington was named the MAAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after his career day against Seton Hall.
thats what you call a career day... Junior Marvin Dominique notched a career-best 31 points against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9.The junior also hauled in a career-best 16 rebounds against Niagara on Dec.8.
• Freshman Quadir Welton registered a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Blackbirds.
• Freshman Trevis Wyche recorded a career-best 11 points and eight assists against Kent State on Nov. 17.
• Junior Tyler Gaskins recorded a personal-best 13 points against Boston University on Nov. 30.
• Junior Desi Washington posted a career-best 34 points against Seton Hall on Dec. 14.
saint peter's and collegiate debuts... Freshmen Quadir Welton and Trevis Wyche both made their collegiate debut in the starting lineup against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9.
• Welton posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Wyche registered four points and seven rebounds against the Blackbirds.
• Fellow freshman Howard Sellars also saw his first collegiate action on Nov. 9 and recorded his first two career points and rebound in the contest.
• Junior Kris Rolle also made his collegiate debut on Nov. 9 before notching his first Saint Peter's points against Hampton three days later and joining the starting lineup for the first time against Kent State on Nov. 17.
• Junior Tyler Gaskins saw his first time in a Peacocks uniform against Fairleigh Dickinson. He dished out an assist in four minutes of action against the Knights.
adams leaves the program... Junior Vic Adams decided to leave the team at the end of the first semester.
• Adams averaged 5.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in five games this season.

preseason poll... Saint Peter's was picked to finish ninth according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Manhattan, who advanced to the MAAC Championship Game last season, has been tabbed as the preseason favorite while the 2012-13 MAAC Tournament Champion Iona Gaels finished second in the poll. Canisius and Rider finished 3-4 while Marist, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Niagara, Saint Peter's, Siena and Monmouth rounded out the 11-team poll. Quinnipac and Monmouth will compete in MAAC play for the first time after playing in the Northeast Conference last season.
washington preseason honor... Junior Desi Washington was named to the All-MAAC Preseason third team. Washington, a 6-2 guard, was the Peacocks leading scorer last season after averaging 14.6 points per game and added 3.4 rebounds per game. Washington also led the team in minutes per game (34.4), 3-point field goal percentage (37.0) and free throw percentage (88.0). The transfer from Delaware State made the most of his first season in Jersey City after registering double figures in 20 of the 30 games played. Washington reached 20 points in a game seven times in 2012-13, including a career-high 32 points against Boston University on Dec. 1. Saint Peter's was 5-2 in games the junior recorded a 20-point performance last season. 
the schedule... Saint Peter's will play 13 games at the Yanitelli Center and 16 on the road.
• Prior to the New Year, the Peacocks will play eight of its 11 games on the road.
• The squad will go 32 days in between home games. Saint Peter's will host Binghamton on Nov. 26 and then embark on a five-game road trip before returning home to host Cornell on Dec. 28. It will be the team's first five-game road trip since starting the 2005-06 season with five-straight road games.
• In addition, Saint Peter's will play games in five states this season (New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio).
• During the non-conference slate, the Peacocks will face teams from the America East (Binghamton, Hartford), Big East (Seton Hall), Ivy League (Cornell), Mid-America Conference (Kent State), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (Hampton), Northeast Conference (LIU Brooklyn, Fairleigh Dickinson) and Patriot League (Boston University).
realignment schedule… Saint Peter's will play four teams in 2013-14 that were affected by conference realignment this season.
• Boston University moved from the America East to the Patriot League.• Seton Hall was apart of the Catholic 7 that split away from the football schools in the Big East, but the Pirates remained in the Big East.
• Monmouth and Quinnipiac both move over to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after playing in the Northeast Conference last season.  
hi, how are you doing... Saint Peter's has eight newcomers eligible to play in 2013-14.
• Juniors Marvin Dominique and Jamel Fields each sat out last season due to NCAA Division I transfer regulation. Fields played his first two seasons at Fairfield while Dominique played two years at Fordham before coming to Jersey City. Fields has a 20-point game on his career resume while Dominique posted one 10-point performance and four double-figure rebound games with the Rams.
• Juniors Tyler Gaskins and Kris Rolle join the team after playing two seasons at community college while freshmen Howard Sellers, Trevis Wyche and Quadir Welton also join the team this season.
double your pleasure... Senior Chris Burke, juniors Marvin Dominique and Markese Tucker and freshman Quadir Welton are the only players on the roster that have recorded a double-double in their career.
• Dominique has five double-doubles this season.
• Welton recorded 16 points against 11 rebounds against the Blackbirds on Nov. 9.
• Burke notched his first career double-double after posting 18 points and 10 rebounds against Iona last season. The senior notched his second career trick with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Hampton on Nov. 12.
• Tucker recorded the trick in his freshman campaign.
about the coach... Head coach John Dunne is in his eighth season at Saint Peter's.
• He led the team to the 2011 MAAC Tournament title and berth in the NCAA Tournament.
• Dunne has coached five 1,000-point scorers, three All-MAAC second-team selections, four All-MAAC third-team honorees, two MAAC All-Rookie selections, a MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, three MAAC All-Tournament selections and an All-MAAC Academic honoree.
a different looking staff for dunne... Head coach John Dunne has added Matt Henry and Serge Clement to his staff in 2013-14.
• Henry comes to Saint Peter's after serving as an assistant coach and the active head coach for the final four games of the 2011-12 season at Mount St. Mary's. The Mount was 2-2 in the four games he served as active head coach.
• Clement comes to Jersey City after serving as an assistant coach at Adelphi for the last two seasons.

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