The star player for Saint Mary’s College of California has become a cult hero in Cleveland, where his play has endeared “Delly” to teammates and fans who relate to his approach and undrafted underdog story.
Fans of the Saint Mary’s basketball are in for a treat this summer as some of the biggest names in the school’s athletic history return for a the Gales Basketball All-Star Classic, a matchup of the programs brightest stars.
Sam Dower, Jr. bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds as part of Gonzaga’s 75-47 win over St. Mary’s on Saturday.
From the moment he arrived at Saint Mary’s as a shaggy-haired freshman from Australia with a multicolored mouth guard and an old-school game, it was clear Matthew Dellavedova would be something special.
The Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball program is being investigated for possible recruiting violations, according to a published reports.
After missing the NCAA Tournament last year, the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is looking for a bit more success as they are headed off to Omaha for their first game on Friday.
As the banners were unveiled celebrating Saint Mary’s double conference title to kick off a Selection Sunday celebration, there were more fans on hand at McKeon Pavilion than the Gaels drew for games in coach Randy Bennett’s first season at the school.
With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament already assured, Saint Mary’s could remain relaxed even as 62 teams were called ahead of them in the 68-team field.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 11 points, Rob Jones added 10 and 10 rebounds and Saint Mary’s overcame a sluggish start to beat Northern Iowa 57-41 on Monday night.
St. Mary’s fell just short of winning the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament last week, and the Gaels watched in agony Sunday as 68 other teams were invited to the dance.