The Peacocks sealed their victory with just eight seconds left in the game, a number that late NBA legend Kobe Bryant once wore. 

The past week’s been emotional for Saint Peter’s head coach Shaheen Holloway, but he said his team picked him up and did a good job Wednesday night in the Yanitelli Center. 

The men’s basketball team stopped the Monmouth Hawks’ late comeback rally with a 66-63 win. The squad now stands at a three-way tie for third-place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“I think our guys did a good job for about 35 minutes,” Holloway said in a post-game conference. “The last five minutes we were going up and down… [But] I’m just happy we came out with a win today.”

But before tip-off, the Peacocks wore t-shirts with a No. 8 on the front and No. 24 on the back to honor Bryant, a former Los Angeles Laker, who died in a fatal helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others Sunday morning.

Earlier this month, on a podcast with NBA retirees Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Bryant named players who were on his “Kill List” — a list of kids in his age group who were ranked higher than him — when he was 13 years old and Holloway was one of them. The men’s basketball head coach played with Bryant on the 1996 McDonald’s All-American East team. 

Holloway declined to comment.

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A post shared by All the Smoke💨 (@allthesmoke) on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:31am PBut despite the tragedy that shocked the world, the Peacocks didn’t seem to let that hold them back. 

Guards Quinn Taylor, Daryl Banks III, Dallas Watson, Cameron Jones and forward KC Ndefo each got a piece of work during the first half, taking a 36-29 lead into the break. 

The second half got intense as the Hawks cut the deficit and tied up the contest with just over five minutes left. But thanks to freshmen Hassan Drame, Aaron Estrada and Banks, the Peacocks were able to hold down the 66-63 advantage at the final buzzer.

SPU will stay at home court as they face Manhattan Friday night at 7 p.m.

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