JERSEY CITY, NJ – The four Saint Peter's men's basketball seniors played in their final game at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City on Sunday afternoon, earning a 74-55, victory over Fairfield University and improving to 12-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 16-12 overall. The 12 conference wins for head coach John Dunne are tied for the most in a single season by his squad (won 12 in 2015-16). The Peacocks have now won four straight games for the second time this season, and have won each of the four by over 19 points. The Peacocks have won the last four games by, 31, 19, 25, and 19 for an average win margin of 23.5 points. The last time a Saint Peter's team won four games straight by a larger average was from December 10-22 in 1983 when the Peacocks won four straight by the scores of 24, 11, 23, and 38 for an average winning margin of 24.0 points.
The seniors combined to score 38 points in their final home game led by Cavon Baker (Queens, NY / New Hope Academy [Md.] (Houston)) who scored a game-high 14 points knocking down four threes in the game. Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter's Prep) followed, scoring 11 points and dishing out a team-high four assists. Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA / Math, Civics and Science Charter) grabbed a team-best seven rebounds and added eight points to the scoreboard. Chazz Patterson (Browns Mills, NJ/Trenton Catholic) stuffed the stat sheet, scoring five points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out three assists, and making one steal.
Saint Peter's opened the game on an 8-2 run, led by Wyche and Baker's back-to-back three-pointers. Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) then came off of the bench and added five quick points, helping the Peacocks lead extend to 13-4 with exactly 13 minutes on the clock. The Peacocks went up 15-7 (11:07), before Fairfield went on a 10-0 run to take a 17-15 lead. Fairfield's lead went up to 19-18, but then the Peacocks rallied, going on a 9-0 run which began with a three ball by Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster), giving the Peacocks the lead again at 27-19. The Peacocks extended the run to an overall of 14-3, taking a 32-22 advantage into the break. During the 14-3 run, Portley, Idowu, and Baker all recorded a three-pointer helping the Peacocks shoot 7-12 (58.3%) from long range in the half.
In the second half, the Peacocks opened up on a 15-6 run, (47-28) behind back-to-back Wyche layups, consecutive threes by Baker, Welton's back-to-back points in the paint, and a Patterson fast break layup after his forced steal with 16:38 on the clock. Fairfield managed to get the score to 47-34, before Portley's step back mid range J made the game 49-34 with 11:45 left. Idowu drained his third three-point field goal of the evening, extending the Peacocks lead to 54-36 over the Stags with just under nine on the clock. Portley added another deep three to extend the lead to 20 points for the first time at 60-40 off a feed from Welton. The Stags went on 9-2 run, cutting their deficit to 62-49 with just under five minutes left, but three straight three-pointers, by Griffin, Portley and Griffin again, pushed the score to 71-49 with under three minutes left. Patterson closed out the evening for his class, hitting a three to close out the game and send the seniors off with a final Yanitelli Center victory, 74-55.
Joining Baker and Wyche in double figures, were Portley who ended his evening with 14 points and Idowu added 11 points. Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) also recorded eight points on 2-4 shooting from the arc, giving him a three-point field goal in 25 games this season.
As a unit, the Peacocks made a season-best 15 three-point field goals and shot a season-high, 60.0 percent (15-25) from long range. From the field, Saint Peter's shot 27-50 (54.0%), while holding Fairfield to 37.0 percent shooting from the field and 18.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Peacock bench outscored the Stags 36-18 as well in the win.
Fairfield was led by Jonathan Kasibabu and Tyler Nelson who each scored 13 points.
The Peacocks will conclude the regular season on the annual Buffalo trip, taking on Niagara Friday, February 24 at 7p.m. and then Canisius on Sunday, February 26 at 2p.m. before post-season play begins.