Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: At Marist vs St. Peter's

by Ray Floriani

JERSEY CITY, NJ - St.Peter’s opened 2010 with a 61-49 MAAC victory over Marist at Yanitelli Center.

In a 57 possession game, the Efficiency and Factors:



In writing the latest MAAC report for Rush the Court a tempo free breakdown of defensive efficiency was included. Somewhat surprising, St.Peter’s was the conference leader. Entering this game, the Peacocks’ DE was 89. No surprise they held Marist in check with 86.

Closely related and a major reason for the great defense was the limiting of the visitors to an eFG mark of 42%. One of coach John Dunne‘s priorities was to stop the mismatches from ball screens and handoffs that the dribble drive offense creates. Dunne was willing to concede a few treys. For the night, Marist was 5 of 14 (36%) from beyond the arc.

Marist mentor Chucky Martin employs the dribble drive but is more in a half court setting rather than transition. Marist entered the game averaging 67 possessions per outing.

Marist starts three freshmen and two juniors. The record is now 1-12 with the lone win coming last Saturday against Manhattan. Included were a number of tough losses. They have a 6-9 inside player in Corey Bauer but are very perimeter oriented (POT, perimeter oriented team). Entering the game 36% of their scoring was from three point range and 40% of their field goal attempts were from that distance. Basically, if they are not shooting well from downtown, Marist is very vulnerable.

Stats give a read on tendency but not a guarantee. Entering the game Marist was shooting 61% from the line. For the night they were 14 of 14.

St.Peter’s showed excellent balance with Ryan Bacon inside (12 points 8 rebounds) and Nick Leon outside (game high 16 points). On a night leading scorer Wesley Jenkins had only 7 points (half his average) the St.Peter’s offense rarely skipped a beat.

St.Peter‘s, to little surprise, owned the paint with a 32-10 edge. The free throw situation was interesting. Marist committed 17 fouls to St.Peter’s’ 15. From the line, as noted, Marist was 14 of 14 and St.Peter’s 2 of 5. The Peacocks had the better inside game and the lack of free throws indicates they scored a number of easy baskets. Dunne noted that the last eight minutes the St.Peter’s defense “let up a little bit”. And started to put their opposition on the line.

Sam Prescott, a freshman guard, came off the bench to lead Marist with 14 points while another freshman guard Devin Price added 12. Marist (1-12) is now 1-3 in the MAAC. St.Peter’s is 2-2 in conference and 7-7 overall.

“There are a lot of good teams in the (MAAC) conference. You have to win the ones you should because there are a lot of close games. This is a pretty even league. That Marist team will surprise and beat a few people before this season.” - St.Peter’s coach John Dunne

Yanitalli Center, St. Peter's College

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