JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team fell to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe Manhattan, 68-57, on Sunday afternoon in the Yanitelli Center. The loss is the second straight for the Peacocks at home after beginning the season 5-0 in Jersey City, and the fourth straight after two losses in Western New York last weekend.
Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) recorded his first career double-double to lead Saint Peter's (8-11, 2-6 MAAC). Idowu scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest. Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/Samford/St. James School) followed with eight points, while Elijah Gonzales (Portland, OR/Clackamas), Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/George Washington/Col. Zadok Magruder), and Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Independence CC/Gambling HS) each scored seven points.
Manhattan's (10-10, 5-3 MAAC) starting five combined to score 59 of the Jaspers 68 points, led by Zavier Turner with 20 points. Rich Williams followed with 14 points, Zane Waterman tallied 13 points, and Pauly Paulicap added 10 points, while Thomas Capuano chipped in with two points for Manhattan.
The first half was full of excitement with back and forth action as the first 40 minutes produced 13 lead changes and eight ties. The Peacocks took a 29-28 one-point lead into the break after the tightly played half.
The second half was the game-changer, as the Jaspers went on a 23-4 run over the first nine plus minutes of the half, extending their lead over the Peacocks to 51-33. The Peacocks did not register a field goal during the stretch, knocking down their first field goal at the 10:47 mark. The Peacocks got a quick burst following the drought, responding with a 9-0 run. During the run, the Peacocks forced Manhattan into four consecutive mishaps, cutting the deficit to 55-42. After forcing Manhattan into their seventh turnover of the half, Turner nailed a jumper that would bring the game to within 10, and following two free throws by Idowu, the Peacocks trailed 62-53 with 2:03 to go. That would be the closest that the Peacocks would get in the game as Saint Peter's gave up six of the final 10 points to end the day.
The difference in the game was 3-pointers and points off of turnovers, as each team took 22 shots from deep, but Saint Peter's only connect on six, while Manhattan doubled the Peacocks making 12. Manhattan turned 22 forced turnovers into 28 points compared to the Peacocks who forced 23 turnovers into 16 points.
The Peacocks stay in New Jersey as the team concludes its season series with hOURglass rival Rider on Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. The game will air live on ESPNU.