Sunday, December 29, 2013

GAME RECAPS: St. Peter's 67 Cornell 59

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Marvin Dominique scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, including key offensive boards in the second half to stave off a Cornell run, but Saint Peter's was able to hang on for a 67-59 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center. The Big Red slipped to 0-12, while the Peacocks improved to 4-7.

Junior Devin Cherry and sophomore Nolan Cressler each scored 21 points and combined for 11 rebounds, while the defense held the Peacocks to 37 percent shooting. All of that and outrebounding Saint Peter's 34-32 wasn't enough to help Cornell snap an 18-game skid dating back to last season. The Big Red was without starting point guard and second-leading scorer Robert Hatter for much of the game after suffering an injury early on and reserve center Deion Giddens, who was sick and missed the trip.

Dominique scored 26 and his five offensive boards were huge, as were the 11 Saint Peter's steals on 14 Cornell turnovers that led to a number of run-out baskets. Trevis Wyche and Dei Washington each had 11 points and Wyche added six helpers in the win.

The Big Red defense came to play in the first half, limiting the Peacocks to 32 percent shooting overall and 22 percent from beyond the arc (2-of-9), but the difference in a three-point half was Dominique. The big man had 14 points, nine rebounds, a block and a steal, while also draining his only two 3-point attempts. Cornell wasn't much better at 36 percent and 4-of-14 beyond the arc (29 percent), but held its own on the backboards (20-20).

Saint Peter's scored the game's first six points and led by as many as seven points early (10-3), but Cornell answered with a 10-2 run to take its first lead at 13-12. The game would see-saw through the rest of the first half with eight total lead changes, though the home team would get the last switch in momentum. The Big Red led 27-26 with under two minutes to play before a Wyche layup and two free throws sent Saint Peter's into the locker room with a narrow 30-27 edge.

Cressler had 10 points for the Big Red, while Cherry had four points and five rebounds for Cornell. Eight different Big Red players reached the scoring column, but only Cressler had more than five points. Wyche had seven in the first 20 minutes for the Peacocks, including the last four of the half, to go along with Dominique's impressive effort. The Cornell defense limited Desi Washington, the team's second leading scorer who went off for 37 points in an overtime win over Seton Hall, to three points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half.

The second half saw the Peacocks get off to a 10-2 run to extend its lead to 11 at 40-29, but Cornell clawed back to within four on two occasions, the last with 41 seconds left. Saint Peter's was able to hold on with eight made free throws in the final 46 seconds to pull out the win.

The Big Red returns to action when it travels to meet St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised by the NBC Sports Network. The Big Red will kick off the new year in Olean, N.Y. in the 15th meeting between the programs (Cornell leads 8-6). 

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Marvin Dominique (Miramar, Fla./Miramar [Fordham]) tallied 26 points and 13 rebounds to lift Saint Peter's past Cornell 67-59 in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday.
Dominique finished shooting 8-for-13 from the floor, 2 of 3 from behind the arc and 8 of 9 from the foul line en route to his sixth 20-point performance of the season. The junior, who leads the team with 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, also finished with 13 boards for his sixth double-double of the season.
Desi Washington (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin [Delaware State]) and Trevis Wyche (Neptune, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) each added 11 points for the Peacocks (4-7) in the winning effort.
Nolan Cressler and Robert Hatter each registered 21 points to pace the Big Red (0-12) in the loss.
Saint Peter's took the lead in the final four minutes of the first half and never looked back to earn its second-straight win against Cornell in a series that started last season.
After Dominick Scelfo gave the Big Red its largest lead on a 3-pointer at 27-23, the Peacocks scored the final seven points to take a 30-27 advantage into the locker room.
Dominique started the run with a 3-pointer at 1:59 and Wyche scored the final four points in the spurt after a layup at 1:27 and two charity tosses with two seconds left for the three-point lead at the break.
Saint Peter's used a 10-2 run to open up the final frame to take an 11-point lead with 14:55 on the clock. Dominique and Chris Burke (Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro) each had four points on the run before Jamel Fields (Albany, N.Y./Cheshire Academy [Fairfield]) capped the spurt with two free throws at 14:55 for a 40-29 advantage.
Cornell cut the margin to four points with 6:41 left after a Cressler 3-pointer, but Dominique made four unanswered at the line to regain an eight-point lead at 52-44 with 6:12 on the clock.
With Saint Peter's holding a 57-48 lead, the Big Red scored six of the next eight points to make it a three-point contest with 2:18 remaining thanks to six points from Cherry.
Fields hit a jumper at 2:01 and Wyche made two free throws with 46 ticks remaining to give Saint Peter'd s a 61-54 edge.  Cressler nailed a 3-ball with 41 seconds left, but Wyche and Washington converted all six from the charity stripe to seal the victory in the final non-conference game of the year.
Saint Peter's jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first half after Dominique scored the first 10 points of the game for the Peacocks.
Cornell rallied with a 9-1 run to take a 13-12 lead with 11:07 left in the first half.
Saint Peter's answered with a 5-0 run to claim a 17-13 margin after two free throws from Fields at 10:54 and a traditional 3-point play from Washington at 9:37. 
The Big Red responded with a 9-1 spurt to take its largest lead at 22-18 with 6:40 left in the stanza, but the Peacocks closed the half on a 7-0 run and never trailed again.
Saint Peter's finished non-conference play 4-5.
Washington is now 23 points away from 1,000 for his career.
The Peacocks return to action when they restart conference play with its MAAC home opener against Manhattan on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.


BigRed1965 said...

It was good to be at a Big Red game in the NYC area but very frustrating to see another loss. There were some bright spots, however: The team was getting the ball inside more and battled more effectively for rebounds. Cressler regained his shooting touch, and Cherry played tough if sometimes erratically in almost willing the team into a final lead. Still hopeful this team will jell and surprise a few people when the Ivy schedule unfolds.

Anonymous said...

Talent wise, except for St. Peter's center, Marvin Dominique, Cornell had more on the floor, this observer believes. St. Peter's had more discipline, however, and didn't make costly mistakes.

Cornell didn't use its center much on offense. Don't know if that's part of a strategy or what. Big Red players, who never stopped hustling and scrapping, turned over the ball toooooo much with sloppy passing and that pretty killed key moments when they looked like they were about to dominate the game. Big Red players dribble too much.

Nevertheless, the Big Red did not look like a DEFEATED team despite the poor record. They need to keep their heads up, stop making stupid mistakes and try for a better second half that will make a lot of us forget this first half of theirs.

Anonymous said...

CBB - I received this email from a CU Alum (who was Serious BB Player @ CU) who was at St Peters Game:

"Went to St Peters Game in Jersey - Cornell committed a lot of turnovers - Dribble too much - Players ignored their center who was open a lot - I guess they don't trust him. Several Air Balls, Guards don't set up forwards, centers; usually when they drive to the basket, it's to shoot, not to pass off.
Otherwise, St Peters not that much better talent-wise, but better coached."

Make your own judgements!

Harry '59 said...

I was at the St. Peters game. We played a physical team tough. If not for a 30+ foot shot near the end of the shot clock, we would have had a chance to pull the game out. Our inside game was weak largely because Giddens didn't make the trip and Onourah picked up two early fouls and didn't play much after that. I agree with Big Red '65, we could be competitive in the Ivy League. How serious is Hatter's ankle injury?