COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team outscored Maryland, 38-26 in the second half, but it was not enough to pull off the upset of the Big Ten school as the Peacocks fell, 66-56 on Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the game, before the Peacocks got the first basket from Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) with just under 12 minutes in the half. After going 1-12 (8.3%) shooting in the first 12 minutes if action, the Peacocks hit their next four straight baskets, going 4-4 from the field to cut the deficit to 10 points. The four-bucket streak began on an Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster) layup after making two defenders jump in the air on a pump fake. Then back-to-back three point baskets by Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) and a third three by Portley made it a 23-13 contest with 8:30 left in the half. The Peacocks flame went out, coming out of the under eight minute media timeout, as the Terrapins closed out the half on a 16-5 run taking, a 40-18 score into halftime. Griffin led the Peacocks with his six points and Portley followed with five points.
Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter's Prep) exploded in the early goings of the half, scoring six of the first eight points for the Peacocks, and eight of the first 12 points helping to cut the Peacock deficit to 51-30 with 11 minutes to play. After a steal and layup by Portley, the Peacocks cut its deficit to fewer than 20, since the early goings, at 56-37. Chazz Patterson (Browns Mills, NJ/Trenton Catholic) followed up the next possession with a three point basket to make the score 56-40, forcing the Terps to call a timeout. The Peacocks began to heat up late, getting two three pointers each by Griffin and Patterson cutting the deficit to 10 points late in the game with just over one minute left (62-52). Unfortunately for the Peacocks, it was too little too late, as the Terrapins held on for the 66-56 victory. The Peacocks shot 41.7 percent (5-12) from behind the arc in the second half, while holding Maryland to 28 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent shooting from three-point range in the second half.
Patterson finished the afternoon as the Peacocks leading scorer with 13 points. Wyche and Griffin added 12 points each, while Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA/Math, Civics and Science Charter) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. This was the third time this season that Griffin has hit at least four three-point field goals.
The Terrapins were led by Justin Jackson's game-high 19 points and Kevin Huerter's 14 points.
The Peacocks return home for a December 18 meeting with Elon in Jersey City, then hit the road again for two-games to close out the 2016 calendar year.
John Dunne's Game Quotes:
"I thought for a noon game, [Maryland] didn't come out sleep walking like I thought they would. I thought their energy level was really good. They got really physical with us to start the game and forced us into a lot of off balance shots. That being said, we need to be better at being balanced on our drives and our shots. They were good and in situations like that. You can't let it get to 24. You have to keep it in those mid-teens so if you do make a run late, it's obviously a little more within striking distance."
On Quadir Welton's performance:
"[Maryland] just has length. The length was bothering him. Those guys are long and athletic. He did miss a couple of shots that he would normally make, but I'm really proud of him because he kept a great focus about him. He stayed poised on offense and was doing a really good job. We were playing offense through him on the perimeter and I thought he was doing a good job facilitating offense for other guys."
On the second half:
"I'm really proud of the way we competed in the second half. They got some, we made them miss early, they got the offensive rebounds, which was a downer for us. We had a situation where if we did get a couple of those rebounds, maybe we could've made it a little more interesting, but I'm really proud of our effort and our fight."
On how the team is coming together:
"Every game is a learning curve. We just lost two games. I think it exposed a little bit of some things that we need to work on a little bit more offensively. I thought we competed really well this week, but we have to work and get better in some areas in a big way. Now we have a week to get better and we'll have a home game next Saturday."