St. Peter’s beat Kentucky in basketball

Smith is aware that most people — even some who live in New Jersey — don’t know much about St. Peter’s.

So what does she want people to know about school?

“All of our sports programs are definitely showing promise, and we have a lot of teams coming back right now,” Smith said. “I think it’s huge, and I think it brings a lot of energy to all the teams. We can all compete and we can all be there with these other teams.

By noon Friday, St. Peter’s Bookstore, which is being renovated, had sold $2,500 worth of St. Peter’s T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies to Jersey City residents and alumni.

“Oh, yeah, that’s a lot for us,” said Kristyna Stukeo, who runs the bookstore.

This wasn’t St. Peter’s first win over basketball royalty. In 1968, long before the Internet made players like Edert famous, the Peacocks beat Duke in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament. Tom Mac Mahon, who scored 902 points during his career at St. Peter’s and was one of the stars of that team, later became chief executive and president of LabCorp and served as chairman of the board of his alma mater. He donated $5 million to help support the creation of the Run Baby Run Arena, which opened this season and where the Peacocks played an intense defensive style that made life difficult for their opponents.

“St. Peter is good, and they’re also good defensively,” Calipari said somewhat dazedly in a TV interview during the game.

St. Peter’s success may not be enough to keep Holloway, 45, as coach. He’s a hot name on the coaching carousel, and if Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard leaves for another job (he’s been linked to Maryland), Holloway, who played at Seton Hall and was a coach- associate chief under Willard, would be a natural fit. Iona coach Rick Pitino, who coached Holloway in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, said Seton Hall “shouldn’t even make another call.”

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