Entering Friday, the Manhattan Jaspers had just lost two heartbreakers, giving Marist their first win of the season and then blowing a 16-point lead against Rider, ending with a Mike Ringgold tip-in to give the Broncs a 65-64 win.
The Jaspers desperately needed to win—and they prevailed.
Manhattan (7-8, 2-3 MAAC) started off with a bang, similar to their start versus Rider. The Jaspers quickly went ahead 10-5, and stretched their lead to as high as 16, before the half concluded with the score at 40-26, in favor of the Jaspers. Manhattan would go on to win 76-53. St. Peter's never led after they held a two point lead 1:14 into the game.
Jasper fans awaited the downfall of the dominating Manhattan lead, but it only fell as low as six points when the score was 26-20 with 8:29 left in the first half.
St. Peter's (7-8, 2-3 MAAC) had no response for the Jaspers' Brandon Adams (15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) in the post, and Rico Pickett (19 points) and Darryl Crawford (15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists) on the perimeter.
The Jaspers had 18 points off the bench—10 points from Antoine Pearson, and 8 points from freshman guard George Beamon.
Nick Leon led the Peacocks with 12 points. Steven Samuels and Wesley Jenkins added 10 each, with Jenkins contributing 4 assists.
The main factor for Manhattan was that they consistently worked for good shots, and converted them. The Jaspers made 30 of their 50 attempts from the field, for a whopping 60 percent. The Jaspers also made 7-of-13 three-pointers, while converting 9-of-13 free throws.
St. Peter's returns home to face the Niagara Purple Eagles on Monday, Jan. 11.
The Jaspers picked up the must-win victory at home on Friday night, and travel to Connecticut to face the Fairfield Stags on Sunday, Jan. 10.
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