Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Desi Washington scored a game-high 18 points
as the Saint Peter's Peacocks surprised the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 56-52,
in season-opening play at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Also scoring in double figures for the Peacocks (1-0) were Markese Tucker and
Darius Conley with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Blaise Ffrench finished
with just four points but managed to hand out a game-high nine assists.
The Scarlet Knights (0-1) were paced by Wally Judge who registered a double-
double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, his effort on the glass matched by Dane
Miller who added nine points and four assists of his own. Austin Johnson
chipped in 10 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
Saint Peters led by five points early in the first half, but the squad ended
up shooting just 9-of-25 from the floor and 2-of-10 beyond the arc over the
first 20 minutes of action which allowed Rutgers to come back and tie the
contest at the break, 22-22.
In the second half Saint Peter's connected on a much more impressive 56.5
percent from the floor as they captured the stunning victory.
The Scarlet Knights, who won the battle of the board 43-22, hurt themselves
with 18 turnovers on the night.
The Peacocks, who trailed in the all-time series with Rutgers by a count of
11-2, struggled mightily last season as they won a total of just five
games in 31 opportunities. The last victory for the Peacocks over Rutgers was
a 65-58 decision at home five years ago.
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