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.
20th-ranked Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 72-46 to claim its third straight West Coast Conference tournament title.
Mitchell Young scored 17 points off the bench and freshman Stephen Holt added 15 to lead No. 1 seed Saint Mary’s to a 73-64 victory over No. 4 seed Santa Clara in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday night.
Saint Mary’s clinched a share of its first WCC regular season title in 22 years by beating Portland 83-69.