Manhattan (3-9) at Saint Peter's (6-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, January 4, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Yanitelli Center (3,200) -- Jersey City, New Jersey. Television: Local. Home Record: Manhattan 2-1, Saint Peter's 3-3. Away Record: Manhattan 1-6, Saint Peter's 3-2. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-2, Saint Peter's 0-1. Conference Record: Manhattan 1-1, Saint Peter's 1-1. Series Record: Manhattan leads, 68-48.
GAME NOTES: Playing their first game of the new year, the Saint Peter's Peacocks set their sights on the Manhattan Jaspers who stop by the Yanitelli Center for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown on Friday night.
Alternating wins and losses over the last six games, the Peacocks most recently took the floor last Saturday against Central Connecticut on the road, using the opportunity to secure a 71-69 win and move to an even 6-6 on the campaign overall.
As for the Jaspers, they played on New Year's day against visiting Stony Brook, but 2013 got off on the wrong foot for Manhattan as the team suffered a 50-44 defeat. The loss was the fourth in a row and the sixth in seven games, as the team scored its lowest total of the season thus far.
According to Manhattan's records, the Jaspers lead the all-time series by a count of 68-48, the team winning two straight over the Peacocks thanks to an 85-63 victory in the most recent meeting last season.
Perhaps the Jaspers were a bit hung over on New Year's day, because the team came out flat against Stony Brook at home as it scored just 19 points in the first half, a season-low 44 for the game in the six-point setback. Rhamel Brown was the top scorer in the game with 15 points, adding eight rebounds and four blocked shots, but he also shot just 5-of-10 at the free-throw line, the team a miserable 8-of-20 at the charity stripe. Mohamed Koita added 11 points and Emmy Andujar a team-best 10 rebounds for a squad that turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 34.1 percent from the field. The only active double- digit scorer for the Jaspers is Brown with his 11.4 ppg, as he shoots 54.4 percent from the field. However, even though he is also first with 6.7 rpg, 25 blocked shots and 17 steals, Brown can still be a major liability for the group in crunch time since he has made a mere 38.5 percent of his attempts at the free-throw line. Because of Brown, the team as a whole is shooting just 64.1 percent at the stripe.
Patrick Jackson's jumper with 11 seconds remaining broke the third tie of the game against Central Connecticut State and gave the Peacocks the thrilling road win in the last outing. Saint Peter's trailed by as many as 14 points with just over 12 minutes left in the second half, as Jackson knocked down 4- of-5 shots from the floor in the period and Desi Washington tallied 10 of his 15 points after intermission. Jackson and Yvon Raymond both finished with 11 points, Darius Conley 10 to go along with nine rebounds, while Blaise Ffrench tried to compensate for his 2-of-11 shooting performance with 11 rebounds and eight assists, but he also turned the ball over seven times as well. Washington, the only player to have made more than nine 3-point baskets, is shooting 31-of-85 (.365) beyond the arc as he generates a team-high 16.2 ppg, while Ffrench (11.1 ppg) supplements his scoring with close to six assists per tilt.
Scoring just 56.8 ppg, the Jaspers cannot expect to be competitive in many games this season and that should again be the case on Friday as the hosts take care of business.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Peter's 68, Manhattan 60
01/04 10:31:25 ET