Morning Run — Game 19: Rider 66, St. Peter's 54
British Bomber: Given the chance to start in place of the injured Nurideen Lindsey, Pereira delivered a career-high 17 points.
The junior guard from England shot 6 of 10 from the field, including five 3-pointers. When the Broncs took the lead for good in the second half, Pereira was in the middle of it with a pair 3s.
"Give him some credit because he's the one that got us a lead and kind of spaced the game out when we were trying to grind this thing out," Baggett said.
The coach added he had no hesitation putting Pereira in the lineup.
"He's capable of doing that and I've seen him do it in practice quite a bit," Baggett said. "I'm excited for him because it gave him a chance to step in, and kind of a reward for him for how hard he works in practice."
Pereira was all smiles — rightfully so — afterward.
"I didn't want to get down on myself after I missed the first two like I did in the previous games," he said. "Once I got my third then fourth, it came to me. I was playing with bags of confidence."
Lindsey Update: Baggett said the junior guard is day-to-day and he'll be evaluated again before the Iona game Sunday. "He had to get past the headaches first before he could take the test," the coach said.
Iron Mikes in Jersey City: For local hoops fans, Trenton Catholic Academy is well represented on the St. Peter's roster. Sophomore forward Markese Tucker scored nine points, while freshman guard Chazz Patterson had three.
Quick, Get Me a Fire Extinguisher: Yep, that's right, the courtside printer at the Yanitelli Center caught on fire at the end of the game, making getting a final boxscore a bit of hassle. But, all's well that ends well, and we'll just chalk that one up to #midmajorproblems.
Canisius 64, Manhattan 60: Congratulations to Griffs coach Jim Baron on his 400th career win. He's accumulated that number at the following schools: St. Francis (Pa.), St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island and Canisius. Pretty impressive. Even if you're not buying the Griffs (11-7, 4-3) as a legit title contender yet — the FCP is not — Baron is still the frontrunner for Coach of the Year.
Loyola 72, Marist 58: Dylon Cormier had 19, Erik Etherly added 14 and the Greyhounds (13-2, 5-2) got back on track. Feeling here is Loyola and Iona are still the favorites for the regular-season title, although Niagara has been a pleasant surprise. As for the Red Foxes (4-14, 1-6), they've lost eight straight. Chuck Martin's seat getting hotter by the day?
Tonight: Fairfield (10-8, 2-4) at Iona (11-6, 5-1), 9 p.m. , ESPNU