Saint Peter's fans 'thrilled' but not satisfied with historic Sweet 16 upset: 'Job's not finished'

Saint Peter’s students, alumni react to Sweet 16 upset victory: ‘We’re not done yet’

Saint Peter’s fans say job ‘not finished’ after upset win over Purdue Friday night for berth to Elite Eight.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – At least one Saint Peter’s alumnus is not quite ready to celebrate the Peacocks’ improbable NCAA Tournament run just yet.

The Peacocks punched their ticket to the Elite Eight with a historic upset victory over the No. 3-seeded Purdue Boilermakers Friday night in Philadelphia. With the win, the Peacocks became the NCAA tournament’s first No. 15 seed to advance to the Elite Eight.

Heading into the last night’s second half, Saint Peter’s trailed Purdue by four points. The momentum quickly shifted as the Peacocks began the second half on an 8-0 run and hung on for a 3-point win.

Saint Peter’s celebrates after defeating Purdue in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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While the win leaves the Jersey City-based university two games shy of a national title berth, fans are not quite ready for a Peacock party just yet. They want more.

“We’re thrilled,” said Joey, a Saint Peter’s alum who spoke to Fox News after the game. “We’re not done yet. Job’s not finished. We made history today, but we’re not done. It’s important to understand that. We’re going for it all here.”

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    Saint Peter’s fans react to the Peacocks’ Sweet 16 victory over Purdue, Friday, March 25, 2022. (Fox News)

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    Saint Peter’s fans react to the Peacocks’ Sweet 16 victory over Purdue, Friday, March 25, 2022. (Fox News)

The Peacocks’ last NCAA tournament appearance before this season was in 2011 as a No. 14 seed, when they lost to Purdue by 22 points in the first round. The Shaheen Holloway-led Peacocks avenged the 2011 loss Friday, strutting their way to victory on National Peacock Day.

Saint Peter’s Peacocks head coach Shaheen Hollway reacts after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Mar 17, 2022, in Indianapolis.
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“I can’t believe the support that we’re having. This is unbelievable,” said Holloway. “Jersey City’s been unbelievable for us. But I want to give a shoutout to our student-athletes and the whole student body. I’m just happy for the school, the community and everybody involved.”

Saint Peter’s will face North Carolina Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for a spot in the Final Four.

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