The Saint Peter’s Peacocks seized the front and back pages of the New York Post on Saturday, a day removed from advancing to the Elite Eight at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Post’s front page features Peacocks players KC Ndefo and Jaylen Murray embracing Saint Peter’s victory against Purdue.
There was one final prayer for Purdue Boilermakers but, let’s be honest: the invaders from the Big Ten weren’t about to receive any celestial intervention. Not this night. Not this game. Not against the Saint Peter’s Peacocks.
Not on National Peacock Day.
(Is that really a thing? On this night, anyway, it was really a thing.)
No. Jaden Ivey’s shot from about 10 feet beyond the top of the key might’ve looked good on TV. It might’ve looked good to certain segments of Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, especially since it wasn’t just Saint Peter’s diehards who were on their feet, trying to shout the ball wide, or short, but also the folks in the building wearing UCLA and North Carolina gear.
(And it wasn’t just because all shades of blue stick together.)
It never had a shot. It bounded harmlessly away. The buzzer groaned and the roar inside Wells Fargo Center rose. It was over. It was done. The magical mystery tour for Saint Peters’ would last at least another two days. The evidence overhead, frozen on the scoreboard, will stand forever.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks celebrated its win over Purdue in front of thousands of people at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
As the on-court festivities subsided, the Peacocks made their way to the locker room for the second round of celebrations — a more private one. Players broke out their phones to capture the historic moment as music blared throughout the room.
The Peacocks are on to the Elite Eight.
New Jersey pride runs deep through the local universities. Following Saint Peter’s win Friday night, schools across the Garden State acknowledged the No. 15-seed Peacocks and their remarkable run at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
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