JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team knocked off Marist College, 71-46 on Tuesday night for their third straight blowout win. The win improves Saint Peter's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record to 11-6 on the season and 15-12 overall. The Peacocks have won the last three games by an average of 25 points, and have outscored their opponents 216-141 in the three wins. The last time a Saint Peter's team had a three-game stretch like this was during the 2010-11 campaign, when the Peacocks won three straight games, 85-53 (+23), 80-60 (+20), and 70-47 (+32), for an average win margin of 25 points. That was also the same season that the Peacocks last won a MAAC Championship.
Four Peacocks scored in double figures led by Cavon Baker (Queens, NY / New Hope Academy [Md.] (Houston)) who matched his career-high with 20 points. Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA / Math, Civics and Science Charter) recorded his second-straight game with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) added 14 points and Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) scored 10 points.
The Peacocks trailed Marist 7-4 early, with Welton scoring the first four Peacock points. Baker came off of the bench with a spark, hitting a three to tie the game, and scoring a layup in the paint off of an offensive rebound to give the Peacocks a 9-7 lead. The Peacock got the lead up to 14-9 after a three by Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/St. James School (Samford)). Marist would add the next basket, and then the Peacocks went on a 14-0 run, to gain a 28-11 lead over Marist over the next seven minutes. During the run, six different players scored at least two points (Baker, Griffin, Idowu, Patterson, Portley, and Welton). The Peacocks took a 30-16 advantage into the half. The Peacocks held Marist to under 25 percent from the field and from beyond the arc. Seven Peacocks in total logged points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Both teams scored six points each by the first break of the half, as the Peacocks still held onto a 14 point lead (36-22). The Peacocks forced Marist into a timeout after back-to-back scores from Baker and a Griffin three-pointer pushing the lead to 21 points at 47-26 (11:18) and then extended the lead to 22 at 50-28 behind an Idowu three-pointer. The Peacocks lead grew to 25 points, once Griffin hit three free throws after he was fouled on a long ball attempt, making the score 62-37 with just under five minutes left. Both teams scored nine points each to close out the game and secure a 71-46 win for Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks held Marist to 14-46 (30.4%) shooting from the field and 6-19 (31.6%) shooting from behind the arc. In addition, Saint Peter's won every battle of the game, turnovers (8-9), rebounding (38-22), points in the paint (24-14), points off of turnovers (15-8), second chance points (8-0), and bench points (33-7).
Marist was led in scoring by Khallid Hart who scored 12 points and Brian Parker who tallied 10 points.
The Peacocks will play their final home game of the season on Sunday, February 19 at 2p.m., against Fairfield.