ALBANY, NY – Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) recorded his second career double-double for the Saint Peter's men's basketball team in Monday night's triple overtime loss to Siena College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play. The Peacocks dropped the nationally televised broadcast, 59-57.
Saint Peter's (8-13, 2-8 MAAC) squandered its fourth straight halftime lead and have now lost six straight following a January 7 win over Quinnipiac. Idowu led the Peacocks in points and rebounds, scoring 17 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. The starting backcourt of Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/George Washington/Col. Zadok Magruder) and Elijah Gonzales (Portland, OR/Clackamas) scored 11 points each following Idowu.
Roman Penn led Siena (7-16, 3-7 MAAC) with 18 points and Ahsante Shivers tallied a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints.
After falling behind 4-2, the Peacocks used a 10-0 run following the first media break, to take a 12-4 lead over Siena. Five different Peacocks scored a field goal during the run (Idowu, Ndiaye, Griffin, Jones, and Turner). The Peacocks extended the first half run to, 13-2 and then 17-4, giving the Peacocks their first double-digit lead of the game, with a 19-8, lead over Siena. Just before the half. Idowu put down a 3-pointer with 9.0 seconds left, sending the game into the locker room with Saint Peter's holding a 24-16 advantage. Saint Peter's stifling defense held Siena to 5-22 (22.7%) shooting from the field, 1-9 (11.1%) shooting from deep, and forced Siena into 10 turnovers.
Siena outscored the Peacocks by an identical, 24-16 mark in the second half, leading to a 40-40 tie, that sent the contest into overtime. Both teams combined to make just nine field goals in the second half, as Saint Peter's went 5-21 (23.8%) and Siena went 4-20 (20%) in the half. The scoring disparity in the half came at the charity stripe, where Siena made 14 free throws out of their 21 trips compared to Saint Peter's five made free throws on just nine attempts.
Siena scored the first five points of the first overtime, taking a 45-40 lead with 3:25 left. The Peacocks responded with five straight to tie the game again at 45-45 with 45.1 remaining, behind three total Gonzales' free throws and a layup by Idowu. Siena missed the go-ahead shot on the ensuing possession and Gonzales missed a baseline floater at the buzzer, sending the game into a second overtime.
In overtime number two, the Peacocks went up, 50-47 after a Griffin trifecta, but the Peacocks failed to score again over the final two minutes of the period and Siena tied the game at 50 all. On the final Peacocks possession in the second overtime period, Enechionyia put up a shot that spun around the rim and came out sending the game into a third extra period.
The final overtime period put Siena up 56-51 with three minutes to go, but Saint Peter's responded with a 6-0 run behind three straight forced turnovers. After forcing a travel violation, Griffin hit a jumper on the inbounds. Then after back to back shot clock violations, Idowu made a layup, and Jones hit a jumper, putting Saint Peter's up 57-56. Trailing, 58-57, Griffin missed jumper with and the Peacocks were forced to foul with 4.4 left. Siena made one from the line and with 2.5 left Griffin got off a mid-range jumper that missed, giving Siena the triple overtime win.
The triple overtime game was the fourth in program history, and the first for Saint Peter's since February 23, 1991, when the Peacocks defeated former MAAC member Loyola (MD), 95-92.
The Peacocks will begin a four-game home stand from February 2-10. The team opens up the home stand on Friday, February 2 with the second season meeting against Niagara at 7 p.m.