Thursday, March 9, 2017

Saint Peter's accepts invitation to CIT

John Dunne and Saint Peter's still have more basketball to be played, as Peacocks will compete in CIT beginning next week.

The season John Dunne admitted he did not want to end will go on a little longer.

Saint Peter's formally accepted an invitation to compete in the Tournament Thursday morning, and will await their first opponent in the 32-team event, which begins on Monday.

At 19-13, the Peacocks posted their best record since the 2010-11 season, when Dunne led the program to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The CIT will mark the first postseason that Saint Peter's has participated in since that season.

After a loss in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament to eventual conference champion Iona, Dunne entertained the idea of postseason play, but admitted that it still needed to be approved by the administration.

"We would be honored to get an invite, and we would definitely consider it," he said in a postgame press conference on Sunday.

Led by first team All-MAAC senior forward Quadir Welton and second team All-MAAC senior point guard Trevis Wyche, the Peacocks concluded the regular season with wins in each of their final six contests to set a program-record with 14 conference victories. The Peacocks defeated Canisius in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament before falling just short against Iona in the semifinals, a round they reached for the second time in three years.

More information on their CIT opener, and their opponent, will be posted as it becomes available.

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