WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team gave up a late first half run, resulting in a 73-57 defeat to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) hOURglass Rival, Monmouth University on Tuesday night.
Poor 3-point shooting also hurt Saint Peter's (10-16, 4-11 MAAC) in the loss as the Peacocks only hit five out of their 27 attempts (.185) from long range, while Monmouth (9-17, 5-9 MAAC) did the complete opposite, connecting on 10 of 19 trifectas (.526).
Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/George Washington/Col. Zadok Magruder) scored a Peacock-best 15 points followed by Samuel Idowu's (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) 13 points and six rebounds and Cameron Jones' (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury) 11 points off of the bench.
Monmouth also had three players score in double figures with Ray Salnave leading all-scorers with a career-high 21 points, Louie Pillari scoring 17 points, and Deion Hammond tallying 13 points in the win.
The Peacocks and Hawks went back and forth throughout the game's first 14 minutes of action, with neither team gaining any large advantage. The Peacock's largest lead was by three points and Monmouth's was by four points up to that point. The game also produced five ties and four lead changes by the mark. With the Peacocks leading 21-18, Monmouth closed out the final six minutes of the half on a 23-6 run, giving Monmouth a 41-27 halftime lead.
The late first half rally by Monmouth proved to be the deciding factor as the second half was much even. Saint Peter's only pulled within single-digits once in the half, when the team cut the score to 60-51 after Idowu hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Monmouth propelled the score back above double-figures on the next possession and the Peacocks never bounced back.
The Peacocks will continue their stretch away from Jersey City on Saturday, February 17 when the team travels to Marist for a 7 p.m. tip.