Six in double figures propel Saint Peter’s

Quadir Welton (35) was one of six Saint Peter's players in double figures. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Quadir Welton (35) was one of six Saint Peter’s players in double figures. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Courtesy of SaintPeter’sPeacocks.com

BRONX, NY – The Saint Peter’s University men’s basketball team had six different players, including the entire starting five, score in double figures in an, 84-58 blowout win over Fairleigh Dickinson on the final day of the Johnny Bach Classic in Bronx, NY at Fordham University. The Peacocks finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. Starters Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA/Math, Civics and Science Charter), Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter’s Prep), Chazz Patterson (Browns Mills, NJ/Trenton Catholic), Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster) and Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/St. James School (Samford)), along with Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) off the bench all scored in double figures for the Peacocks.

This was the first time a John Dunne coached team has ever had six players score in double digits and the first time all five starters ever scored in double figures under Dunne. Dunne previously had three other times when five players scored in double figures, and ironically, two of those three opponents were Fairleigh Dickinson.

“We were obviously disappointed with all the turnovers we had in the Fordham game, and we just weren’t ready to win a helter skelter game like that. We could of played better but we thought we had some tired legs with the quick turnaround, maybe a little mentally tired with the late night the night before, but then again maybe it helped us going into today because we didn’t play our guys real high minutes and they got to rest a little bit more in the game yesterday and then we had a little longer turnaround than FDU,” said head coach John Dunne. “If we continue to share the ball, we have a skilled team this year with some guys that can make shots. We understand we have to get better defensively, because shots are not going to fall every night but we are going to be a team that is able to make shots this year. We stress low turnover and we haven’t been low turnover this year yet, so it was nice to see low turnover today. We blew the end of the Lafayette game, Lipscomb pressed us late, and obviously what we had to deal with yesterday against Fordham, I thought helped prepare us for FDU today.”

The Peacocks served as the aggressor over the Knights in the first half. Mamadou Ndiaye (Laurel, MD/Oakland Mills), Cavon Baker (Queens, NY/New Hope Academy [Md.] (Houston)) and Welton’s aggression on the offensive boards and strips by Wyche and Enechionyia helped push the Peacocks to its largest early lead of the game of seven points at the 6:55 minute mark. The Peacock momentum built after a Patterson strip steal, transition layup, and a foul for the old fashion three point play, giving the Peacocks its first double figure lead of the game at 37-25. Back to back to back three-pointers by Enechionyia, Portley and Portley again extended the lead to 46-27 with 1:36 left in half. IN the closing seconds of the half, another great steal by Patterson and a halfcourt heave at the buzzer gave Saint Peter’s a 52-31 lead at the break, but upon review, the basket was called off, only giving the Peacocks a 49-31 advantage. In the first half the Peacocks forced the Knights into seven turnovers (four steals), which led to eight Peacock points. The Peacocks also grabbed six offensive rebounds, which led to 10 second chance points. The Peacocks hit 6-of-8 three-pointers (75%) and shot 58.6% overall from the field.

The Peacocks began the second half the same way they ended the first, with a steal by Patterson, which this time led to a Portley three (that counted), extending the Peacock lead to 52-31. The offensive aggression continued when Enechionyia grabbed three offensive boards on three straight possessions resulting in seven points. The Peacocks maintained a 20 point lead throughout the second half only allowing the Knights to get to within 16 points in the half. The largest Peacock lead came with four minutes remaining when a Welton layup extended the score to 80-53, for a 27 point advantage.

In the contest, the Peacocks had eight total steals and forced FDU into 12 turnovers. The Peacocks outrebounded the Knights 40-to-21 with 18 of the rebounds coming on the offensive end. The 18 offensive boards also led to 30 second chance points for Saint Peter’s. Five different Peacocks registered a three-point bucket and as a team, they shot 43.5% from behind the arc in the win.

Patterson (10), Portley (12), and Wyche (17) all posted season-highs in the win. Griffin scored 16 points, Welton scored 12, and Enechionyia added 11 points.

The Peacocks improve to 2-2 after going 2-1 in the Johnny Bach Classic. The team does not return to the hardwood until Monday, November 28 when the squad is back home at the Yanitelli Center for a 7:00pm tip against Boston University.

Previous times at least five players scored in double figures under Dunne:
11/18/11 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, L 62-73 (Ferguson 10, Hill 15, Prescott 14, Fulton 12, Raymond 10)
12/19/09 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, W 83-68 (Bacon 19, Conley 12, Jenkins 12, Leon 18, Belin 11)
02/18/07 vs. Niagara, L 69-71 (Bacon 12, Sowell 13, Jenkins 13, Leon 16, Lampley 10)

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