BROOKLYN, NY – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team, knocked off LIU Brooklyn, 71-56, on Sunday afternoon, led by Mamadou Ndiaye (Laurel, MD/Oakland Mills), Quinn Taylor (Amarillo, TX/Tascosa), and Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Independence CC/Gambling HS) who combined to score 50 of the Peacock's points. Turner scored a Peacock-best of 19 points, followed by Ndiaye who recorded his first career double-double with career-highs in both scoring (16 points) and rebounding (11 rebounds), and Taylor added 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Saint Peter's improves to 5-5, while LIU Brooklyn drops to 4-8 on the season.
Saint Peter's fell behind LIU Brooklyn, 5-4, before going on a 13-0 rally, that began with Turner tying the game at 7-7, on a traditional three-point play. Taylor added a three-pointer and Ndiaye scored five straight Peacock-points, extending the Peacock lead to, 15-7, forcing LIU into timeout. The run capped off when Jeremiah Livingston (Stamford, CT/Odessa College/Westhill) scored on an up and under reverse layup, on a feed from Cameron Jones (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury), giving Saint Peter's its first double-figure lead of the day at 17-7. LIU Brooklyn eventually stopped the Peacock's run and got back within six points of Saint Peter's, before an NBA trifecta by Turner and one free throw by Ndiaye, put the advantage back at 10-points (21-11). The Peacock's largest lead of the half came from a layup by Taylor after a steal by Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/Samford/St. James School), resulting in a Peacock lead of 23-12 with 6:06 in the half. After the 11-point lead, LIU Brooklyn posted a 10-0 run, and outscored the Peacocks, 16-6 over the final six minutes, leading to a 29-28, Saint Peter's lead at intermission.
The Peacocks quickly got back to scoring early in the second half, as Enechionyia knocked in a layup after two offensive rebounds for the second chance basket and Griffin drained a jumper on the next possession, pushing the lead back to 33-28. The Blackbirds got back within two-points of the Peacocks, but Saint Peter's quickly responded with putback layups by Ndiaye and Taylor, helping Saint Peter's go back up by six. The Peacocks allowed LIU Brooklyn to get within three-points, three times at 41-38, 45-42, and 50-47, before a 10-3 run extended the lead back to double-digits at 60-50, with 3:27 remaining. LIU Brooklyn got under 10 points of the Peacocks one last time at, 62-53, but the Peacocks outscored the Blackbirds, 9-3 over the final two minutes of action, leading to the, 71-56 road victory. Saint Peter's dominated LIU Brooklyn in the second half, outscoring the Blackbirds, 42-28 on 51.6 percent shooting from the field, while holding the Blackbirds to 32.1 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from three. Saint Peter's scored all 42 second half points from the field and at the charity stripe, as the team did not make a single three-point field goal on three attempts in the half.
The Peacock bench, led by Ndiaye and Turner, outscored LIU Brooklyn's bench, 39-9 in the victory. Saint Peter's also won the points in the paint battle with a 38-22 advantage and scored 19 points off of 13 forced turnovers.
The Peacocks close out the non-conference schedule on Saturday, December 23 at home in the Yanitelli Center, when the team welcomes St. Francis Brooklyn to Jersey City at 2pm.