Cardinal Hayes held St. Peter's to just 21 points over the first three quarters, eventually pulling away from the Eagles in the second half and securing a 58-41 win in the CHSAA New York Archdiocese Tournament Quarterfinals in the Bronx on Sunday.
St. Peter's struggled against the Hayes defensive frontcourt, managing just three 2-point field goals in the first half, with Shemani Fuller (6'7") and Tobe Awaka (6'5") protecting the paint.
Hayes led 28-17 at the half, but the Cardinals outscored the Eagles 14-4 in the third frame, taking a commanding 42-21 lead into the fourth.
After managing just 21 points over the first 24:00, St. Peter's put up 20 in the final 8:00, but the Eagles still could not contain Fuller, who scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the final quarter.
Columbia commit Liam Murphy scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the final minute, but the game was well beyond reach by then.
Julien Soumaoro added 15 points for Hayes, who will face Archbishop Stepinac in the semifinals at 6:00 pm on Tuesday. Stepinac defeated Mount Saint Michael 99-62 on Sunday.