BUFFALO, NY – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team allowed a 14-4 run late in the first half, leading to a, 70-58, Friday night defeat at Canisius College. The Peacocks Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record falls under .500, at 2-3, and the overall record drops to 8-8 on the season.
Guard, Davauhnte Turner (Simsboro, LA/Independence CC/Gambling HS) scored a team-high 12 points in reserve and starting guard, Elijah Gonzales (Portland, OR/Clackamas) scored 10 points with a team-best four assists on the night. Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex) added eight points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Peacocks.
Freshman Takal Molson was Canisius' (10-8, 4-1 MAAC) leading scorer with a game-high 23 points and Jermaine Crumpton added 14 points.
Idowu scored Saint Peter's first six points of the night and Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/George Washington/Col. Zadok Magruder) and Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/Samford/St. James School) made back to back layups, putting the Peacocks up 10-6. All 10 Peacock points came in the paint by way of a layup. Cameron Jones (Fairless Hills, PA/Pennsbury) hit the Peacocks first trifecta of the night in transition after Enechionyia got a steal, extending the Peacock's lead to 13-9. Canisius scored the next five points, taking their first lead at14-13, but Jones quickly responded on the ensuing possession with his second three, putting the Peacocks up, 16-14. After Saint Peter's took a 20-16 advantage with 7:26 on the clock, Canisius went on a 14-4 run over the next three and a half minutes, giving the Golden Griffins a 30-24 lead by the final media timeout of the half. Canisius capped off the run in the half outscoring the Peacocks 8-5, taking a 38-29 score into the break.
In the second half, the Peacocks cut the deficit to 40-34, behind a Gonzales' fast break layup and a Jones' three-pointer. Before Saint Peter's could cut into Canisius' lead more, Canisius went back up by eight points. The Peacocks deficit hovered around eight points before the team fell behind by double-figures with just over three minutes remaining. Saint Peter's could not recover and a bad shooting night resulted in a 70-58 defeat.
The Peacocks ended the night shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from the three-point line.
The Peacocks concludes the Western New York MAAC trip on Sunday with a 2 p.m. tip at Niagara.