Pearson’s jumper at buzzer leads Manhattan

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NEW YORK (AP)—Antoine Pearson’s 17-foot jump shot as time expired lifted Manhattan past St. Peter’s 62-60 on Monday.

Pearson, who scored 17 points for the Jaspers (10-8, 4-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), picked up a loose ball near the Peacocks’ baseline with 3.2 seconds remaining, dribbled three-quarters of the court and took the final shot as the buzzer sounded with the ball in the air.

Nick Leon, who had 21 points for visiting St. Peter’s (5-13, 2-6), lost the ball while driving the lane for a would-be go-ahead basket.

Darryl Crawford added 16 points and Devon Austin, who batted the ball away from Leon, had 12 for Manhattan.

Wesley Jenkins scored 15 points and Ryan Bacon 10 for the Peacocks, who have lost six of their last seven.

There were 11 lead changes and 11 ties, with no team leading by more than three points throughout the second half.

Leon scored 13 points in the first half and Jenkins had 10 to help the Peacocks take a 33-32 lead at the break.

The game was last tied at 60 after Brandon Hall scored for St. Peter’s with 43.7 seconds left.

Manhattan shot 39.2 percent from the floor and just 5-of-21 from behind the 3-point line. St. Peter’s shot 38.6 percent from the floor and 7-of-21 from beyond the arc.

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