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John Dunne On WFAN: St. Peter’s Brings NCAA Bid To Jersey City

Members of the St. Peter's team hold the trophy after St. Peter's defeated Iona 62-57 during an NCAA college basketball game for the title of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Members of the St. Peter’s team hold the trophy after St. Peter’s defeated Iona 62-57 during an NCAA college basketball game for the title of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Long after the nets had been cut down, St. Peter’s players sat courtside, looking around the arena where the team had just secured the school’s first NCAA berth in 16 years.

They almost couldn’t believe it.

John Dunne’s Peacocks (20-13) beat second-seeded Iona Gaels 62-57 to win the MAAC championship Monday.

“These guys hung in there, they stuck it out for and for St. Peter’s and Jersey City,” Dunne told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts Tuesday morning. “We built it from six wins, to eleven, to sixteen that third year, and the ultimate, getting to the dance their senior year.”

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The Peacocks controlled the tempo throughout. Iona came in shooting almost 48 percent from the field, but made just 19 of 59 shots on Monday.

“We were peaking at the right time,” said the coach. “We knew we had enough talent.”

This was St. Peter’s seventh appearance in the MAAC championship game, but its first since 2006. The school last won the tournament and earned an NCAA bid in 1995.

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How far can St. Peter’s take their Cinderella story? Make your predictions in the comments below…

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