JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team fell to Canisius College, 73-58, on Sunday afternoon in the Yanitelli Center.
In reserve, Mamadou Ndiaye (Laurel, MD/Oakland Mills) led Saint Peter's (9-14, 3-9 MAAC) with team-highs of 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one block. Ndiaye made 50 percent of his field goals (4-8) and went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Quinn Taylor (Amarillo, TX/Tascosa) and Julian Powell (Baytown, TX/Lee College/Goose Creek Memorial) scored nine points each, while Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/Samford/St. James School) and Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Independence CC/Gambling HS) added seven points each.
Canisius (15-9, 9-2 MAAC) had a balanced attack in the win, having four players score above the 10-point threshold. Isaiah Reese led the Golden Griffins with 15 points. Jermaine Crumpton and Jonathan Sanks posted 14 points apiece, and Selvedin Planincic scored 11 points.
Canisius jumped out to a 9-4 lead over Saint Peter's after scoring points on the first three possessions of the game. The Peacocks answered using a 7-0 run sparked by a Cameron Jones (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury) jumper off the dribble, an Elijah Gonzales (Portland, OR/Clackamas) strip steal and feed to Ndiaye on the fast break for a slam dunk, and Jones hitting a step back 3-pointer, giving the Peacocks their first lead of the game at 11-9. Canisius regained the lead out of the first media stoppage and held a 16-15 lead until Turner hit a deep 3-pointer and a transition layup after he stole a pass, putting the Peacocks up 20-16. The game was tied three more times at 22, 24, and 27, but Canisius closed out the final 5:54 of the half on a 15-3 run to take a 42-30 lead over the Peacocks into the locker room.
Canisius opened the second half outscoring Saint Peter's 19-7 by the first media break, extending the lead over the Peacocks to 61-37. The Peacocks fell behind by as many as 27 points (71-44) before the final score of 73-58. Ndiaye and Powell combined to score 18 of the Peacock's 28 second half points, tallying nine points each.
The loss gave Canisius the season series sweep over the Peacocks for the first time since 2014-15.
The Peacocks move into the back-end of the four-game home stand on Thursday, February 8, when the Peacocks invite Marist to the Yanitelli Center for the first meeting of the season between the two squads. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.