St. Peter’s Basilica ‘got a lot of calls’


PHILADELPHIA – There was a but.

Purdue tipped his cap to Saint Peter and credited the 15th seed with his effort, intensity and determination.

But third-placed Boilermakers star Trevion Williams felt his team were at a disadvantage this far from home.

“Obviously they’re gone — they’re not far from here, so they got a lot of calls their way,” Williams said after Saint Peter’s 67-64 win at the Wells Fargo Center. “But you just have to be 10 points better.”

Williams said the Peacocks, who will face North Carolina in the Elite Eight, deserved his respect and outplayed Purdue.

“This is a real team,” said the ailing striker.

Saint Peter’s, the lowest seedling to reach the Elite Eight in NCAA tournament history, attempted more free throws, 21-15, though a good chunk of those fell in the final minutes when Purdue initially put the Peacocks on the line. Saint Peter’s also only managed 18 minutes against senior star KC Ndefo due to bad problems. And Purdue attempted 79 free throws in his first two tournament games, versus 23 for opponents Yale and Texas.

Coach Matt Painter regretted that Purdue was putting the Peacocks at risk, but did not fault the official or any home whistle. He credited Saint Peter’s with outperforming his Big Ten school all the way. In the last 4:02, Purdue was outplayed 15-8. Eleven of the Peacocks’ points in that final period came from the charity flick.

“Our problem at the end of the day, if you’re going to grab something, is stop soiling people,” Painter said. “This is the game. Can they now play like they used to? Watch the end of the Kentucky game, they play game after game after game. Do they go and make these games? Yes they sure could, they could make these games. But don’t put good free throw shooters [on the line].

“We fouled them off the ball twice, we fouled a three-point play, we dunk on a guy at the end. That’s the game, like right there.” St. Peter’s Basilica ‘got a lot of calls’


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