The team was showered with adulation at the Moraga campus Wednesday. Saint Mary’s students and Gaels supporters crammed into McKeon Pavilion Wednesday for a rally and send-off for the team.
The Gaels have had some recent success, making the NCAA Tournament field in both 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Saint Mary’s won two games as a #10 seed, reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
Saint Mary’s was both the regular and postseason champion in the West Coast Conference this season, finishing with a 27-5 record, earning them the seventh seed in the Midwest region and a first round date with the Purdue Boilermakers.
Purdue finished with a 21-12 record and finished in sixth place in the Big Ten.
Head coach Randy Bennett said he knows the Boilermakers will be a tough first round foe, but the Gaels are ready for the challenge at hand.
“I think we’re a very efficient offensive team and we’ve been good on the boards all year,” Bennett said. “Our team is pretty mentally tough and those are the qualities you need to have a chance to win the game.”
Friday’s game against Purdue takes place at 4:27 p.m.
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