Peacock Pride: Saint Peter’s University Grabs First Ever National Title

Author: Adrienne J. Romero

That’s right. They did it — Saint Peter’s University finally snatched their first ever postseason national title!

SPU’s men’s basketball team’s season seemed to be over after the Peacocks were defeated in the MAAC Tournament semifinals on March 5, but little did they know that there was something else in store for them.

What became a historic season, as well as postseason, finished off with a storybook ending by topping off Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a 62-61 victory on the Islanders’ home court.

With only three seconds left and the score tied in the College Insider Tournament championship game, the Peacock’s coach John Dunne knew what play needed to be executed.

“You have to go for it,” Dunne said per, “and we went for it.”

To SPU’s advantage, point guard Trevis Wyche launched a pass from out-of-bounds to across half-court to forward Quadir Welton, who was able to hold on to it and call a timeout with only two seconds left. This gave the Peacocks more time to devise up a plan to set up Wyche for a game-winning shot; instead, he got fouled with one second left and made one of two free throws that stunned both the Islanders and pretty much everyone else.

Saint Peter’s Quadir Welton was named the tournament MVP after recording a double-double – 12 points, a team-high 13 rebounds, a steal and a block. Trevis Wyche finished with 11 points along with four boards, three assists and two steals. Both were named to the All-Tournament team. Cavon Baker also poured in a team-high 15 points.

“Your seniors won the last game of their career. Not a lot of teams can do that,” Dunne told Gannett New Jersey via phone late Friday, per, “It’s especially nice when you have a group that gets along so well and has sacrificed for each other all year.”


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