UNCASVILLE, CT – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team came up just short of claiming another tournament championship on Sunday night after the team suffered a, 54-49, setback at the hands of South Alabama in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/George Washington/Col. Zadok Magruder) earned All-Tournament team honors for his performances in the two games at Mohegan Sun Arena over the weekend.
Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) led the Peacocks in scoring with 10 points. Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/Samford/St. James School) followed Idowu with nine points, all coming from behind the arc, and both Griffin and Cameron Jones (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury) added eight points. Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Independence CC/Gambling HS) led the team in rebounds and assists, snagging eight boards and handing out three assists in the contest.
The Peacocks played stout defense in the game, forcing South Alabama into 21 turnovers, which they converted into 20 points.
Idowu scored the first four Peacock points as the Peacocks trailed 5-4 by the first media timeout. Julian Powell (Baytown, TX/Lee College/Goose Creek Memorial) scored first career basket in a Peacock uniform, to give Saint Peter's the first lead of the night at 6-5. After falling behind by one point, Jones drained a three-point shot on a pass from Enechionyia, to take a 9-7 advantage. The Peacocks extended their lead after Jones made a strip steal, and fed Quinn Taylor (Amarillo, TX/Tascosa) in transition for a two-handed throw down, making it an 11-8 lead for the Peacocks. South Alabama would put together a 5-0 run and once again take the lead but Connecticut native, Jeremiah Livingston (Stamford, CT/Odessa College/Westhill) knocked in a three to reclaim the Peacock's lead of 14-13. By the under eight media break, the Peacocks were holding South Alabama to 1-9 shooting from the field, with 11 of the Jaguars points coming from the charity stripe. Out of timeout, the Peacocks defense again forced a steal, this time by Livingston, leading to a transition layup by Livingston, to go back up by three (16-13). After the Peacocks went up 18-16, South Alabama outscored the Peacocks 8-3, sending the teams into the locker room with the Peacocks down, 24-21.
In the second half, the Peacocks fell behind by double-digits at 40-29 after South Alabama started the half with a 16-8 run. The Peacocks responded with a 5-0 run, to get back within single-figures at 40-34, behind two free throws from Turner and a corner three by Griffin. Again, the Jaguars would go up by double-figures when the score hit 50-39. Late in the game, the Peacocks found themselves down by nine, but Jones hit a clutch corner three with 28.7 seconds left to cut the score to 52-46. South Alabama would add two free throws and Enechionyia hit his third three of the night to cut the deficit to 54-49, with just 15.0 ticks left, but the Peacocks couldn't complete the comeback, falling by the same score.
The men's basketball team will have a full week off for Thanksgiving break, returning to action on Sunday, November 26 when the squad visits Lafayette at 2pm.