Manhattan (8-10; 5-4 MAAC) begins a two-game homestand against MAAC co-leader Monmouth (11-9; 7-2 MAAC) on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, senior Emmy Andujar will be honored for becoming the 36th member of the school’s 1,000-point club.
#1 – Andujar scored a Jasper season-high 25 points while hitting for at least 20 for the third game in a row and fourth in the last five.
#2 – Manhattan leads the all-time series by a 5-2 count and is a perfect 3-0 when playing at Draddy Gymnasium.
#3 – The Jaspers won both meetings between the teams last year by an average of 11.5 points each time out.
* Andujar became the first player in school-history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals.
* Manhattan returns home to Draddy Gymnasium where the Jaspers are 4-1 this season and have won nine of their last 10 and 13-of-15.
* The Jaspers are averaging 72.8 points per game in five contests at Draddy this year while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 72.0 percent from the line.
* At home this season, Andujar is notching a team-best 17.8 ppg while junior Ashton Pankey is averaging 13.6 ppg, a team-best 8.0 rpg and shooting 62.2 percent from the floor while junior Shane Richards is averaging 15.4 ppg and making good on 44.4 percent (16-for-36) from deep.
* On a national level, Manhattan continues to rank fifth in the Division I ranks with 17.1 forced turnovers per game and has pressured the opposition into at least 16 miscues in 13 of its 18 games while also placing 64th with a +1.9 turnover margin.
KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
* Shot Management- Manhattan posted its second-worst shooting performance (.333) at Quinnipiac and will need to improve that number against Monmouth’s MAAC-leading field goal percentage defense (.389).
* Contain Robinson - Sophomore guard Justin Robinson is Monmouth’s version of Emmy Andujar, leading the Hawks in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.8(while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from deep and 78.3 percent from deep.
* The Glass - The Jaspers turned in arguably their top rebounding performance of the season against Quinnipiac, which leads the nation in the glass, and will be facing a Hawk squad that is eighth in rebounding margin (-3.3).
LAST YEAR VS. MONMOUTH …
Andujar averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg while shooting 81.8 percent (9-for-11) from the field. Wilson also averaged 8.0 ppg, highlighted by a career-high and team-leading 15 points in the teams’ first meeting.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
During league play, Manhattan is 4-1 in games decided by 10 points or less while Monmouth is 5-2.
Manhattan will host Siena at Draddy Gym on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.
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