A guest post from Ray Floriani, who got to see an unexpectedly exciting MAAC game on Thursday night in Jersey City.
Jersey City, NJ – In a contest featuring two teams with one combined win in 2013, one could almost expect a ‘cluncker.’ Except this is the MAAC and even teams struggling know you can get hot at the right time, like March, and do appreciable damage.
At Yanitelli Center tonight, St. Peter’s defeated Marist 70-68 in overtime. Chris Burke of St. Peter’s had one basket for two points on the night. Burke’s solitary entry into the scoring column was a big one, as the junior guard intercepted a Marist pass and drove in for the deciding layup with seconds remaining. The visiting Red Foxes tried a rushed three-pointer at the buzzer that was well off the mark.
Offensive efficiency: Marist 90, St. Peter’s 92
Of the Four Factors, Marist had a huge 41 to 20 edge in free throw rate. Marist made the most of the trips to the line shooting 17-20 (85%). Once again, the Peacocks struggled from the stripe shooting 6-13 for 53%. John Dunne’s club made up for the frequent Marist trips the the line. The Peacocks enjoyed a 27-15% advantage in offensive rebounding percentage. In raw numbers St. Peter’s led 10-4 on the offensive glass with Yvon Raymond’s five better than the entire Marist team.
Desi Washington of St. Peter’s led all scorers with 26 points. Karee Ferguson added 16 and Darius Conley added 14. Having both Washington and Conley contributing significantly were crucial and that is something Dunne hopes will happen with more frequently down the stretch.
Chavaughn Lewis paced Marist with 23 points. Chucky Martin’s club is now 5-17 (2-9 MAAC) and in the midst of a three game slide. St. Peter’s ended an eight game skid and is 7-14 (2-9). The other MAAC win was over Iona in early December.
“I think we came out with added energy the second half. And when the shots fell we fed off that with more energy,” said St. Peter’s head coach John Dunne.