Saturday wasn’t in need of Cinderella wins.
Persevering with the saga of underdog wins have been the Fifteenth-ranked St. Peter’s Peacocks, defeating the seventh-seeded Murray State Racers, 70-60, and advancing to their first Candy 16 look in crew historical past.
Seeding was out of date within the matchup because the Peacocks held a commanding lead all through. Heading into the half up 32-27, the Peacocks outworked Murray on the boards, within the paint and on the sidelines.
St. Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway ensured that his crew’s momentum resumed popping out of Thursday’s upset win over the Tenth-seeded San Francisco squad, arguably the most important victory popping out of the primary spherical.
“That’s what we do all 12 months. Y’all hear me?” stated the coach. “That is what we do all 12 months. That is who this crew is. It is a defensive crew.”
He added, “For this reason we got here into this match with a seven-game successful streak as a result of these guys perceive that taking part in protection wins championships. Taking part in protection wins championships. And these guys purchased in, and the remainder is historical past.”
The 6-foot-7 KC Ndefo elevated St. Peter’s with a double-double (17 factors, 10 rebounds). Ndefo produced a highlight-worthy block towards Murray State’s KJ Williams within the second half.
Murray State guard Justice Hill was a spark on offense when St. Peter’s restricted the crew’s presence in the important thing.
Stepping up for the Peacocks was reserve guard Doug Edert, who scored 13 off the bench.
“I might say it comes from repetitions,” stated Edert within the postgame interview. “I at all times do my greatest to get as many photographs as I can. I don’t
take into consideration something once I’m within the sport. I simply let it occur.
Hill knocked down 5 of his 9 three-point makes an attempt and led Murray State with 19 factors. He additionally added 4 assists and two blocks.
4 of Murray State’s starters scored in double digits. The offense spewed fumes from their bench because the Racers’ restricted depth mixed for 1-of-5 capturing and three whole factors.
Free throws have been an added bane from the Racers’ outing: capturing 64 p.c in comparison with St. Peter’s 74.2 p.c from the road.
The Peacocks will face off towards the victor from Sunday’s Purdue (3) versus Texas (6) matchup.
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