Saint Mary’s College
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.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points to lead Saint Mary’s to a 78-74 victory against No. 24 Gonzaga on Monday night to claim its second West Coast Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA bid in three years.
Rob Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary’s defeated Portland 70-43 on Thursday night to give the Gaels at least a share of the West Coast Conference title for the second straight season.
Drew Viney scored 17 points, Anthony Ireland had 16 and Loyola Marymount bounced back from one of its most lopsided losses of the season to beat No. 21 Saint Mary’s 75-60 on Wednesday night.
Matthew Dellavedova had 20 points for Saint Mary’s, which was just 5 of 21 from 3-point range.
Rob Jones had 28 points and eight rebounds, Stephen Holt scored a career-high 23 points and No. 18 Saint Mary’s survived a slow start to beat San Diego 84-73 on Thursday night for its 12th straight victory.
In the latest Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, the Saint Mary’s Gaels have jumped up the rankings by several positions to No. 18.
Stephen Holt scored 19 points to lead No. 21 Saint Mary’s to a 68-60 victory over Loyola Marymount on Thursday night.
Rob Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova scored 13 points to lead No. 24 Saint Mary’s past pesky Pepperdine 61-47 on Thursday night for its eighth straight victory.