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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Monmouth battled back to tie the game in the first half after trailing by 13, but couldn't do the same in the second and fell at Saint Peter's on New Year's Eve, 77-64. Micah Seaborn (Fort Worth, TX/Prime Prep Academy) scored 16 points in just 20 minutes to lead MU.

The Peacocks were hot to start the second half, converting four triples and a three-point play in the first 3:15 of the half to start the stanza on a 15-5 run. The SPU lead in the second grew to as many as 19, with MU cutting it to as little as 13 at points but no closer.

Saint Peter's jumped to a 19-6 lead in the opening half, but MU battled back with a 16-4 run to trim it to one on Zac Tillman's (Yeadon, PA/Shipley School) layup at 4:53. The Hawks got within one two more times, before Seaborn brought the ball up and pulled a left wing triple to tie the game with 44 seconds remaining in the half. The score would hold at 30-30 at the break.

"We're searching right now. I got a group of kids that are feeling a little bit beat up right now. We knew it would be tough. I've been saying it but we're working on getting more together." – King Rice
"We have to keep sticking together. We have to focus on what we do in practice, which is our defensive principles. We need to continue to get stops and continue to come together as a group to put stops together." –Austin Tilghman

-Micah Seaborn has now gone into double digits in all but two games he has played in this season, finishing with 16 on 4-7 and a perfect 6-6 from the line.
-Austin Tilghman (Wilmington DE) scored 10 points, his third straight game in double figures.
-Monmouth did not lead in the game.
-The Hawks outscored the opponents bench for the 12th time this season, topping SPU 29-24.
-Nine different Hawks had a point in the game.
-Marcus McClary scored a career-best seven points on a career-high three made field goals.
-Monmouth closes the 2017 calendar year with 21 wins.
-MU falls to 0-2 in MAAC play for the first time since 2013-14, the Hawks' first year in the league.

-Ray Salnave contributed nine points, six rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
-MU outshot Saint Peter's 44.7% to 38.2%.
-The Hawks had the advantage in the paint, 28-18.
-MU held SPU to 25% shooting and 20% from three in the first half.
-The Peacocks got a game-high 17 points from Nick Griffin.

-Monmouth takes on Manhattan at home next Friday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.

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