Saint Peter’s’ Cinderella story will get at the very least yet one more chapter.

The 15-seed Peacocks beat 7-seed Murray State 70-60 within the second spherical Saturday evening, advancing them to the Candy Sixteen. It is the primary Candy Sixteen in historical past for this system, who had by no means even received an NCAA Event recreation earlier than this season.

It took only a few days for Saint Peter’s to develop into the darling of the large dance, because the Peacocks knocked off blue blood 2-seed Kentucky on Thursday within the greatest upset of the tourney up to now. One other grind-it-out effort in opposition to the Racers on Saturday has them transferring on to the East regional semifinals.

The Peacocks adopted the same blueprint in opposition to Murray State that they did in opposition to Kentucky: hit your free throws, play pesky protection, and management the circulate of the sport. They actually did that final one — Saint Peter’s led from begin to end.

The sport was undeniably a detailed one, although. The Peacocks led by 13 at one level, however the Racers actually had an opportunity to win down the stretch. They trailed by two with 4 minutes left to play and received it inside 4 with a minute left. However simply as they did in opposition to Kentucky, the Peacocks hit their free throws late and pulled out the win.

KC Ndefo led Saint Peter’s with 17 factors, 10 rebounds and a whopping six blocks. Doug Edert chipped in 13 factors off the bench and Hassan Drame logged eight factors and eight rebounds. Darryl Banks III, Matthew Lee and Drame all went 2-for-2 from the free throw line within the last minute.

Justice Hill had 19 factors and 4 assists for Murray State, whereas Tevin Brown added 14 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. KJ Williams pitched in 12 factors whereas Trae Hannibal logged 10 factors, eight boards and 4 steals.

Saint Peter’s will face the winner of Sunday evening’s recreation between Purdue and Texas within the Candy Sixteen subsequent week in Philadelphia.

By 24H

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