Leonard Hayes sank four free throws and St. Peter's held cold-shooting Howard scoreless in overtime until the final seconds last night to earn a 49-47 triumph at Burr Gymnasium.

After failing to get off a shot in the final two minutes of regulation, St. Peter's (3-0) moved ahead, 45-43, on a long shot by Kevin Boyle with a minute elapsed in the five-minute extra period.

Howard (0-3), coming off a decent showing at North Carolina Monday night -- a 14-point loss -- twice missed the first shots in one-and-one foul situations, missed three open shots and committed two turnovers in its effort to pull even in overtime.

Hayes (22 points) made it 47-43 on two free throws at the 2:24 mark. After a miss by the Bison, Hayes added two shots from the line to give the Peacocks a six-point lead with 34 seconds to play.

Howard's George Hamilton scored with 17 seconds to play and Robert McIlwaine finished the scoring with a basket at the buzzer.

Relying strictly on perimeter shooting, St. Peter's opened up a 32-22 lead in the early minutes of the second half. But the Peacocks, who defeated Howard by 38 points last year, then went flat.

The visitors failed to score on their next 10 possessions, committing an uncharacteristic seven turnovers over a nine-minute span.

Howard slowly got back into the game. Fred Hill hit a bank shot, Hamilton a jump shot and three free throws and McIlwaine a follow-up dunk to put Howard ahead, 35-34, with 7:28 left in regulation.