JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Samuel Idowu scored four of his team’s 12 points in overtime on Saturday afternoon, lifting St. Peter’s University to a 63-59 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at the Yanitelli Center.
Idowu finished with a game-best 21 points along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Peacocks (2-5), who never led by more than seven points.
Cameron Jones posted 17 points and six rebounds and Klay Brown added nine points and three blocked shots for St. Peter’s.
Junior forward Andrew Fleming of Bangor paced the Black Bears (0-8) with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Vilgot Larsson contributed 13 points, four assists and two blocks, while Ilija Stojiljkovic posted 12 points.
Larsson and Stojiljkovic each went 5-for-6 from the field for UMaine, which struggled to 29 percent shooting in the second half after connecting at 52 percent in the first half.
Neither team led by more than two points during the final 12:37 and the Peacocks used two free throws by Brown with 1:55 left to take a 51-50 advantage.
Vincent Eze then went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe with 1:30 left to tie the contest and force overtime.
Saint Peter’s opened OT with five consecutive points on Idowu’s layup and a Dallas Watson 3-pointer and UMaine was not able to equalize after that.
UMaine returns to the Cross Insurance Center for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday against Fordham.