Saint Peter's (8-18) at Hampton (11-14)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: HU Convocation Center (7,200) -- Hampton, Virginia.
Television: None. Home Record: St. Peter's 5-8, Hampton 5-5. Away Record: St.
Peter's 3-9, Hampton 6-8. Neutral Record: St. Peter's 0-1, Hampton 0-1.
Conference Record: St. Peter's 3-13, Hampton 8-4. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: The first-ever meeting between the Saint Peter's Peacocks and the
Hampton Pirates takes place on Saturday afternoon in Virginia as part of the
annual BracketBusters series.
Members of the MEAC, the Pirates head into the weekend on a positive note as
they defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore three nights ago by a score of 63-59 on
the road. The victory was the sixth in the last seven outings for a program
that is now 8-4 in league play, but three games under .500 overall at 11-14.
Since the start of the new calendar year the Peacocks have been simply
dreadful, winning just two of their last 14 outings which has consequently
dropped the program to 3-13 against the rest of the Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference. Last weekend, the team was defeated by Canisius at home in a 68-59
final, the second straight setback and the fourth in five games for Saint
The Peacocks dug themselves a first-half hole against Canisius last weekend,
shooting just 30.0 percent from the floor and 2-of-11 behind the 3-point line.
While the hosts certainly improved after intermission, there was still little
chance of catching up to the Golden Griffins. Darius Conley registered a
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but he was the only starter in
double figures for the Peacocks. Desi Washington accounted for a team-best 20
points and Chris Burke tacked on 10 in reserve roles.
Washington, who had started every game for the Peacocks up until last weekend,
is still the top overall scorer for the group with 14.4 ppg, thanks mostly to
his 70-of-192 (.365) beyond the arc where the rest of the roster has combined
to make just 58 shots. Raymond (10.2 ppg) is first on the glass with five
rebounds per game, but like so many of his teammates he has left far too many
points at the free-throw line where he has made just 62.5 percent, the team a
meager 60.0 percent.
Up against a team that has just two wins through 22 outings, the Pirates
should have had an easy time of it versus Maryland-Eastern Shore earlier this
week, but that wasn't the case. In fact, Hampton made it harder on itself by
turning the ball over 21 times and shooting just 2-of-9 behind the 3-point
line. Thankfully, Emmanuel Okoroba and Deron Powers stepped up with 13 and 12
A starter in all 25 games this season, Powers is the lone double-digit scorer
for the Pirates with 12.0 ppg, although his mere 27.8 percent shooting beyond
the arc is in need of some attention. Powers is also the top passer for the
program with his 123 assists as well, but still this is a unit producing a
mere 61.8 ppg as they connect on a disappointing 25.2 percent out on the
perimeter and 65.2 percent at the free-throw line.
The fact that Hampton labored against the last opponent says that the Pirates
have trouble getting up for weaker teams, and while their overall record might
indicate that to be the case in this one, the Peacocks cannot be taken so
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Peter's 66, Hampton 59
02/23 10:52:59 ET