St. Peters 68, Canisius 55
How Saint Peter's Won: Peacocks shot 8 of 12 from three-point range in opening a nine-point halftime lead. A couple of them were 23-foot bombs by Wesley Jenkins. Their aggressive, switching defense took over from there, and Canisius had little luck establishing an inside game.
Turning Point: Three-pointers by Jenkins, Steven Samuels and Jeron Belin in a span of 1:07 put Saint Peter's ahead 33-19 with 3:54 left in the first half.
Player of the Game: Belin, a 6-foot-6 junior from Meriden, Conn., came off the bench and scored a team-high 16 points with eight rebounds. He'd been averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 boards.
Stat of the Game: How's this for offensive chemistry: Saint Peter's had assists on 17 of 24 field goals.
He Said It: "We'll regroup and beat Niagara. That's the way we have to look at it. We have to regroup and beat Niagara. Not hope they miss shots, but go and beat them." -- Griffs coach Tom Parrotta.
In the House: The crowd of 1,178 included the bozo behind the media table who likes to call attention to himself by deriding in full voice the officials, the players, pretty much anything.
Up Next: Griffs entertain archrival Niagara Friday night at the KAC.
-- Bob DiCesare
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