JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Nick Griffin scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Sam Idowu had 12 points to help Saint Peter’s beat Niagara 58-52 on Friday night to snap a six-game skid.
Griffin hit four 3-pointers and made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 19 seconds.
Matt Scott converted a 3-point play, Kahlil Dukes made a jumper and Chris Barton hit a 3-pointer to pull Niagara (14-10, 7-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) within three points with five minutes to play. Two free throws by Elijah Gonzales gave the Peacocks (9-13, 3-8) a 64-58 lead four minutes later, but Matt Scott and Marvin Prochet each made two foul shots to trim the Purple Eagles’ deficit to two points with 20 seconds left. Griffin’s free throws sealed it for Saint Peter’s.
Scott had 16 points and Dukes scored 10 for Niagara, but the duo combined to shoot just 8 of 29 (27.6 percent) from the field. It was the lowest-scoring output of the season for the Purple Eagles, who came in averaging a conference-leading 83.6 points per game.