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Manhattan MBB Looks to keep Strong Play going in Travels To Saint Peter’s

Jermaine Lawrence. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jermaine Lawrence. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

 In search of its season-high fourth-straight win, Manhattan travels to Saint Peter’s on Friday, Jan. 16 with tip time slated for 7 p.m., in a game that will be streamed live on ESPN3.

#1 – The teams met just nine days ago with the Jaspers posting a 68-63 wire-to-wire win.

#2 – Manhattan converted on nine-straight shots over 12:50 to start the last meeting between the teams en route to making good on a season-best 50.0 percent from the floor.

#3 – In their last game, an 84-75 win over Niagara, the Jaspers forced a season-high matching 23 turnovers and rank fifth nationally with 17.5 forced turnovers per game. 

* Manhattan leads the all-time series between the teams by a dominating 74-48 count.

* The Jaspers most recently posted a pair of wire-to-wire victories at home after besting Canisius 63-60 in recording their first true road win after claiming 12 a year ago.

* Each of the last three Manhattan wins have come by 10 points or less, giving the Jaspers four on the year, including three by five points or less.

* Senior Emmy Andujar and Ashton Pankey led Manhattan last week with each student-athlete averaging 18.5 points per game.

* Junior Shane Richards led the charge with 22 points in notching his third career 20-point game and the seventh by a Jasper this season.

* The trio of Andujar, Pankey and Richards all hit for double-figures for the second time this season while helping the Jaspers convert on 47.3 percent from the floor against Niagara. It also marked the sixth time in seven games that Manhattan has hit on at least 45.0 percent after doing so just twice in its first eight games.

* Helping to set up the big three of Andujar, Pankey and Richards of late has been RaShawn Stores. Last week, the senior point guard averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals each time out with just one turnover in 59 minutes of action. On the year, he is averaging 5.2 points and 2.4 assists per game with a 3.4 assist/turnover rate.

* Rounding out the double-digit performers against Niagara was Cincinnati transfer sophomore Jermaine Lawrence, who scored a career-high 11 points with five rebounds and two blocks.

* Sophomore Tyler Wilson had a solid game against Canisius, finishing with six points and four assists, against just one turnover, and has now handed out at least four helpers seven times this season. Wilson continues to rank among the MAAC leaders in assists (3.2-6th), steals (1.3-11th) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3-6th).

* Against the Peacocks, Manhattan made nine-straight shots to start the game and didn’t miss a field goal attempt over the first 12:50 of the game en route to shooting 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.


* Stick To The Script – Manhattan has won five-of-six thanks to forcing turnovers, converting from the line in crunch time and shooting at a high rate.

On the year the big three of Andujar, Pankey and Richards have combined to account for 26 of the Jaspers’ 35 double-figure scoring performances.

Manhattan hosts Rider on Sunday at Draddy Gym on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.

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