7:00 PM ET, March 7, 2011
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Long after the nets had been cut down, St. Peter's players sat courtside, looking around the arena where the team had just secured the school's first NCAA berth in 16 years.They almost couldn't believe it.Jeron Belin scored 17 points and the Peacocks (20-13) beat second-seeded Iona 62-57 to win the MAAC championship Monday.
Katz: Peacocks Take Flight
The St. Peter's seniors have seen the Peacocks go from a 5-25 campaign their freshman year to earning an NCAA bid, Andy Katz writes. Story
• St. Peter's collects its third MAAC title and will make its third NCAA tournament appearance, but first since 1995.
• The Peacocks became the lowest seed to win the MAAC tournament since 2002 and the first No. 4 seed to ever win.
• The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for Iona which had its hopes of making its first NCAA tournament since 2006 dashed.
• Iona shot a season-low 15.8 percent from the 3-point line.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-48 (.458)||19-59 (.322)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-15 (.467)||3-18 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-11 (1.000)||16-21 (.762)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|