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Manhattan MBB Hosts Niagara In Search of Third-Straight Victory

Aston Pankey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aston Pankey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fresh off a wire-to-wire win its last time out, Manhattan (6-8; 3-2 MAAC) will host Niagara (3-10; 2-3 MAAC) on Saturday, Jan. 10 with tip time slated for 7 p.m.

QUICK HITS
* Manhattan has won three of the last four meetings with Niagara and leads the all-time series by a 47-31 count.

* At Draddy Gymnasium, the Jaspers hold an overriding 18-10 advantage since the Purple Eagles joined the MAAC.

Steve Masiello is 4-3, all-time, against Niagara since assuming the head coaching reigns and was 8-2 against the Purple Eagles as an assistant during his first tenure in Riverdale from 2001-2005.

* This year at home, Manhattan is limiting the opposition to just 56.7 ppg and 37.9 percent shooting, including 21.3 percent from deep.

* Senior Emmy Andujar is averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game at Draddy this year while shooting 68.0 percent (17-for-25).

* In the teams’ last meeting, the Purple Eagles’ season-high 72 points came on a 59.5 percent shooting output that marked the worst performance by a Masiello-coached defense.

* It was also the top shooting performance against the Jaspers since Iona made good on 66.7 percent in an 102-65 victory on Feb. 16, 2011.

* Manhattan enters Saturday’s game winners of two-straight and four-of-five after posting a wire-to-wire 68-63 victory over Saint Peter’s on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

* The Jaspers made nine-straight shots to start the game and didn’t miss a field goal attempt over the first 12:50 of the game.

* Thanks its impressive start, Manhattan shot a season-high 50.0 percent (17-for-34) from the field while also converting a season-best 78.9 percent (30-for-38) from the line.

* The Jaspers’ 34 field goal attempts represent a season-low by a MAAC team this season as Manhattan attempted more free throws (38) than field goals (34) for the first time since a 71-70 win at Columbia on Feb. 12, 2013.

* It was also the Jaspers’ second-straight win by five points or less and the third of the season.

* Manhattan has also not allowed an opponent to hit the 70-point mark in a win this season.

* Andujar’s game-high 21 points and junior Ashton Pankey’s 18-point, nine-rebound performance paced an effort that saw the Jasper upperclassmen combine to account for 94.1 percent (64-of-68) of the scoring and 96.1 percent (25-of-26) of the rebounding against Saint Peter’s.

* Andujar’s became the 36th member of the illustrious Manhattan 1,000-point club with his second free throw with 4:50 to play in the second half against Saint Peter’s.

* It also marked the third 20-plus point performance of the season for Andujar as well as the sixth by a Jasper. Additionally, the 21-point performance matches his season-high previously set on three occasions.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Jaspers are in the midst of a six-game stretch that includes four home games after playing 11 of their first 13 games in different venues.
UP NEXT
Manhattan will play at Saint Peter’s on Friday, Jan. 16 in a game that will be streamed through ESPN3.
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