St. Peter’s comes back to beat Long Island 65-62

Jeron Belin scored a career-high 23 points to lead St. Peter’s

to a 65-62 victory over Long Island on Saturday.

The Peacocks (2-3) trailed 32-19 with 2:10 left to play in the

opening half before going on a 7-0 run to pull within 32-26. The

run ended on a 3-pointer from Wesley Jenkins as time expired.

St. Peter’s scored nine of the first 10 second-half points to

take a 35-33 lead with 16:29 on the clock and never trailed

again.

With the score tied 40-40, the Peacocks reeled off 12 straight

to take a 52-40 lead on another 3 from Jenkins with 9:41 to go.

The Blackbirds (4-1) pulled within 63-62 with 14 seconds

remaining on a 3-pointer from Michael Culpo – who led Long Island

with 18 points.

Culpo missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 2 seconds to

go.

St. Peter’s held a 26-16 scoring advantage in the paint and

outscored the Blackbirds 39-30 in the second half.