Saint Mary’s Gaels
Down by five with only a few seconds remaining, Matthew Dellavedova and Saint Mary’s nearly pulled off an NCAA tournament stunner.
Saint Mary’s has already spent plenty of time traveling. The Moraga school opened the tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, then made a quick trip north to Auburn Hills.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points on Tuesday night, and Saint Mary’s got a good start on its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the First Four.
Saint Mary’s lost to Gonzaga in its conference tournament final, but made it to the NCAA tournament anyway.
Gonzaga bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing Saint Mary’s 65-51 in the West Coast Conference final Monday night.
The NCAA has placed Saint Mary’s on four years of probation for a “failure to monitor its men’s basketball program,” reducing scholarships and placing other penalties on the team after it said the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Saint Mary’s to its 13th win in 14 games, 87-48 over Pepperdine on Wednesday night.
Matthew Dellavedova was a thorn in BYU’s side for the second time this season, scoring 20 points as Saint Mary’s defeated the Cougars 64-57 Thursday night.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and Stephen Holt added 17 for the Gaels.
Beau Levesque scored 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting including six 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and had four assists to lead Saint Mary’s (Cal) to a 84-63 rout over Santa Clara.