ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.
Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.
Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.
In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.
Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.
The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.
With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.
Saint Peter’s would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a hard-fought 59-55 victory over Albany.
Nick Griffin led all scorers on the night, scoring a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting for the Peacocks. Quadir Welton chipped in 13 points, four rebounds, and two blocks.
David Nichols went 6-of-12 from the floor, recording 15 points to lead the offensive attack for Albany. Joe Cremo added 13 points and four rebounds in the loss.
Out of the gates in the second frame, the Great Danes looked to extend their lead and put more distance between themselves and the Peacocks. With 12:49 to play in the game, Nichols connected on a three ball to give Albany a nine point cushion, their biggest of the night.
Instead of rolling over and conceding the game, the Peacocks clawed their way back into the contest.
With 8:27 to play, Trevis Wyche brought the Peacocks back to within a pair, at 48-46, with a layup. Then, with 3:38 to play, Welton put the Peacocks ahead for good with a layup of his own.
Wyche followed up Walton’s layup with five quick points, putting the game on ice for Saint Peter’s. The Peacocks fought their way back in the second half, and came away with the 59-55 road victory over Albany.
The Albany Great Danes finish the 2016-17 season with a record of 21-14 overall, and 11-5 at home.
With the win, the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (20-13) will now await their next round opponent in the 2017 CIT.
– T. Bennett