DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 11th, 2:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Yanitelli Center (3,200) -- Jersey City, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 7-3, SPC 3-7. Away Record: Manhattan 8-6, SPC 2-11. Neutral Record: Manhattan 2-0, SPC 0-2. Conference Record: Manhattan 10-4, SPC 4-10. Series Record: Manhattan leads, 67-48.
GAME NOTES: The Manhattan Jaspers will try to get back into the win column this afternoon when they visit the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clash with the Peacocks of Saint Peter's.
Manhattan has already won 11 more games than last season under first-year head coach Steve Masiello, marking the biggest turnaround of any Division I team in the nation. However, the Jaspers have lost two in a row following Thursday's 60-54 setback to Fairfield. Still, at 10-4 in league play, they are off to their best MAAC start since 2005-06.
Saint Peter's, on the other hand, has dropped two in a row and six of its last seven outings. The Peacocks are coming off a 66-47 drubbing at the hands of Marist on Thursday night, their second consecutive setback at home. They'll wrap up a three-game homestand today before paying a visit to Fairfield on Wednesday.
Manhattan earned a 68-42 victory over Saint Peter's back on December 4, which stretched its lead in the all-time series to 67-48
The Jaspers struggled offensively against Fairfield a couple of nights ago, as they made just six field goals in the first half and shot only 36.4 percent for the game. They also turned the ball over 16 times and had only seven assists by game's end. George Beamon tallied 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss, marking the 40th straight game he has scored in double figures. It was also the 19th time this season Beamon (17.8 ppg) has led the team in scoring. Second-leading scorer Michael Alvarado (8.3 ppg) added 13 points, while Rhamel Brown had 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Brown, in only his sophomore season, is averaging 2.7 blocks and is just five shy of tying the program's single-season record of 74, set by Arturo Dubois during the 2005-06 campaign. With Brown roaming the paint, Manhattan ranks among the nation's top defensive squads, limiting the opposition to 39.5- percent shooting from the floor, including a MAAC-best 32.1 percent from the perimeter. The Jaspers also lead the conference with 36.7 rebounds per contest.
Given Manhattan's defensive prowess, points may be at a premium today for the Peacocks, who are among the nation's least efficient squads on the offensive end of the floor. They are scoring only 58.9 points per game and are shooting just 40.3 percent as a team. They also figure to have some trouble with the Jaspers on the boards, as Saint Peter's is -5.3 in rebounding margin. Darius Conley leads the team with 11.4 ppg, followed by Chris Prescott with 11.1 ppg. Head coach John Dunne has tried 10 different players in the starting lineup this season, although he has yet to find a mix that can string together two wins in a row. In Thursday's setback, Marist used a 19-3 run in the first half to go up by 11. The Red Foxes later went on a 20-4 spurt in the second half to lead by more than 20. The Peacocks shot just 36.2 percent from the floor in the game, including 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. They were also out- rebounded, 33-22. Chris Burke did not miss any of his four field-goal attempts as he finished with 12 points and a couple of blocks. However, he was the only Saint Peter's player in double figures.
The Jaspers have already notched 10 wins away from home this season, which is tied for the seventh-most in the nation. Going up against an undersized Saint Peter's squad that struggles to find the bottom of the net, they should be able to notch another road win here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 64, Saint Peter's 51
02/11 10:42:51 ET
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