Manhattan (11-10; 8-4 MAAC) hosts Canisius (12-9; 7-5 MAAC) on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live via ESPN3.
# 1 – The Jaspers are averaging 81.7 ppg and 9.7 threes per game while shooting 52.1 percent, including 49.2 percent from deep, over the last three games.
# 2 – Manhattan defeated Canisius 63-60 on Jan. 4 in Buffalo and will be looking to sweep the season series between the teams for the second-straight year.
# 3 – The Jaspers are 12-2 in the months of February and March since the start of last season and 18-5 since the 2012-2013 campaign.
* Manhattan enters this week’s play in a three-way tie for second place with Monmouth and Rider at 8-4 in the league and is just 1.5 games behind Iona (9-2).
* The Jaspers swept the season series from Monmouth by virtue of last Sunday’s 87-76 win and will play at Rider on Sundaybefore squaring off with Iona twice beginning next Friday.
* Manhattan is 12-2 in the months of February and March since the start of last season and is 18-5 over the last two-plus years.
* The Jaspers have claimed each of the last four meetings with Canisius while holding a commanding 52-33 advantage in the all-time series.
* At Draddy Gymnasium, Manhattan has won the last three match-ups between the teams and five-of-seven dating back to the 2007-2008 season.
* In the last meeting, Manhattan bested Canisius thanks to junior Shane Richards game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.
* Richards’ first career double-double was highlighted by an impressive aerial performance that saw the long-range maestro go 5-for-9 from distance.
* Richards most recently scored 20 points in the win at Monmouth while pulling down eight rebounds and finishing up 6-for-9 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from deep.
* He also became the first player in school history with 200 three pointers with the third of his four triples.
* Also having a big game in the win over Monmouth was senior Emmy Andujar, who scored a season-high 27 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals while going 8-of-10 from the floor and 11-of-15 from the line.
* For Andujar, it marked the sixth time in the last eight games that the Rice graduate has notched at least 20 markers. During that time, Andujar is averaging 20.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.4 spg while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor and 70.5 percent form the line.
* Andujar, who is the only player in school-history to notch 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals, has scored at least 20 points on eight occasions and 10 times in his career. His most recent scoring haul also marked the eighth-straight game that a Manhattan player has notched at least 20 points.
* Sophomore Rich Williams scored 13 points off the bench in the win over Siena as the Manhattan reserves scored a season-high 30 points. Over his last three games, he is averaging 8.0 ppg, on 52.9 percent (9-of-17) shooting, off the bench, after scoring a combined 10 points over his previous five games.
KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
* Three-Point Defense – Manhattan is allowing opposing three-point shooters to make good on 40.0 percent (16-of-40) over the last three games.
* Pressure – In the teams’ first meeting, the Jaspers forced a season-low seven turnovers.
* Late-Game Success – Manhattan is 7-2 over the last nine games thanks to shooting 50.9 percent (27-of-53), including 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from deep, while limiting the opposition to 39.8 percent (22-of-83), including 19.2 percent (5-of-26) from long range.
Manhattan is at Rider on Sunday, Feb. 8 with tip time slated for 2 p.m.
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