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Jordan Giusti will look to help the Gaels kick off their homestand on a good note against Rhode Island.
Jordan Giusti will look to help the Gaels kick off their homestand on a good note against Rhode...
MBK | Four Game Homestand Begins With Rhode Island
Release: Thursday 12/26/2012 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- Back home after a trip to Northern Iowa that saw cold temperatures turn into a brief spate of cold play, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team squares off with Rhode Island on Thursday at 7 p.m. looking to get back in the win column.

Tickets to the game are available online at SMCGaels.com or through the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx. 

A live video broadcast of the game will also be available on SMCGaels.com, with play by play man Alex Jensen making the call.

Saint Mary's (8-3) had to wait an extra day to play Northern Iowa, traveling late because of a winter storm that affected much of the Midwest.

Once the Gaels did hit the court, the Panthers were waiting. Four players scored in double figures for Northern Iowa, led by Seth Tuttle with 18.

Saint Mary's struggled from the free throw line, making just eight of 17 from the stripe. The Gaels did shoot 50 percent from the floor, and Jorden Page poured in a career-high 26 points to lead all scorers.

Also making an impact was redshirt freshman Jordan Giusti, who scored a career-high eight points on 3 of 4 shooting. Giusti scored all his points in the second half as the Gaels tried to rally.

Rhode Island (4-7) comes to Moraga on a two-game win streak. The Rams beat Georgia State 65-60 on Saturday, with Nikola Malesevic leading the way by scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Head coach Dan Hurley's squad pulled away from the Panthers in the second half, taking the lead with just under 10 minutes left when Xavier Munford scored 12 in a row for Rhode Island.

Munford enters Thursday's game as Rhode Island's leading scorer at 17.2 points per game. Malesevic is next with 13.5, and Andre Malone is also scoring in double figures with 10 points a game.

Thursday is CYO Night at McKeon, and kids wearing their CYO team's jersey can get half off the price of a children's ticket. Kids must be sixth grade and younger to receive the discount. CYO coaches can also receive the discount if they show their coaches' card.

It's also Throwback Thursday, with fans encouraged to dress up in an outfit from their favorite era. Music from the 50s through the present will be featured throughout the game.

The Rhode Island game is the first of four straight at home for Saint Mary's. Yale visits on Dec. 30 for a 2:30 tip, and one day later, Harvard comes to McKeon Pavilion for a 5 p.m. game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The homestand concludes on Jan. 5 with the Gaels' West Coast Conference opener against Loyola Marymount. That game is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.