JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Monmouth men’s basketball team cut into the Saint Peter’s lead several times but could not get even as they fell at the Yanitelli Center on Monday evening, 71-61. Micah Seaborn (Fort Worth, TX/Prime Prep Academy) scored 19 points in the defeat for Monmouth.
Monmouth trimmed the Saint Peter’s lead to a narrow as two at 9:24 when Collin Stewart (Glenville, NY/Mekeel Christian Academy) finished a weakside layup to make it 40-38. Saint Peter’s was able to get the advantage back to eight, eventually going up 11 with 5:52 left on a Trevis Wyche triple. Seaborn’s three at 1:09 trimmed it back to a six-point game, and Je’lon Hornbeak (Arlington, TX/Grace Prep/Oklahoma) had a chance to get it to three after MU took one away but it fell short and the Peacocks made all their free throws down the stretch, finishing 17-17 from the line on the evening.
Monmouth was held to a season-low 19 points in the first half, while also holding the Peacocks under 40%. Saint Peter’s, who hit two shots with the shot clock expiring including one from Cavon Baker at 8:08 from nearly half court, made 10 field goals in the opening 20 minutes, seven of which came from downtown.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I think all of the MAAC games are really hard to prepare for, I don’t think one is harder than the other, and I think all of the coaches in this league are really, really, really good.”-head coach King Rice
“I’m a senior, I’m a captain and I’m a leader of this team and it’s up to me to understand what’s going on so we can get back to playing our game.” –senior Justin Robinson
-Josh James missed his third game of the season with injury, allowing Pierre Sarr to make his fourth career start.
-MU has now lost three in a row for the first time since 11/23-30, 2014 against Towson, Maryland and SMU.
-Justin Robinson worked into double figures for the 14th time in 15 games.
-Micah Seaborn has now scored 45 points in two games at the Yanitelli Center.
-Monmouth is now 2-2 in MAAC play.
-Justin Robinson has now played 80 minutes in the last two games, seeing 39 minutes tonight.
-MU held Saint Peter’s to 27 first half points, the second-least allowed in a period (25 vs. South Carolina State).
-Diago Quinn tied a career-best with eight points.
-The Hawks outrebounded SPU 37-33 on the night.
-Monmouth outscored the Peacocks 26-24 in the paint.
-Saint Peter’s was a perfect 17-for-17 from the foul line.
-Saint Peter’s made 10 triples of 22 field goals made.
-Monmouth hosts Iona on Friday night, January 6th at the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU.