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James Walker III will look to continue his consistent scoring output as Saint Mary's hosts Jackson State.
James Walker III will look to continue his consistent scoring output as Saint Mary's hosts...
MBK | Gaels Ready For Action Against Jackson State
Release: Friday 12/09/2012 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- Last week's win at Drake proved once again that the Saint Mary's men's basketball team has the resolve to go on the road and pull out a hard-fought win.

Now, the Gaels can settle in and look for that same success in the friendly confines of McKeon Pavilion.

Tuesday's 7 p.m. game against Jackson State begins a stretch that will see the Gaels play six of their next seven games in Moraga.

A live video stream of the game will be available on SMCGaels.com, with Alex Jensen providing the play by play. Tickets are available by visiting the tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689). 

Holding serve at home has always been a strong suit for Saint Mary's (6-2). The Gaels are 78-8 on their home court over the last five seasons. They haven't lost at McKeon since March 15, 2011, a span of 12 games.

Saint Mary's enters on a two-game winning streak, having beaten Cal Poly at home prior to the win at Drake.

They've won those games despite being without the services of starting guard Stephen Holt, who has missed the past two games with a bruised knee.

But in Holt's absence, several Gaels have stepped up. In the win over Cal Poly, five Gaels scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Brad Waldow.

That balance followed Saint Mary's to Iowa, as again five players finished in double digits against Drake. All-America candidate Matthew Dellavedova led the charge in that game, finishing one point off his career high with 31 points.

One player that didn't finish with double figures in scoring against Cal Poly but had a major impact on both games is forward Beau Levesque.

The junior from Lafayette, Calif. had eight points and six rebounds against the Mustangs, then chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists against Drake. His strong play of late has earned Levesque more court time, as he played a career-high 31 minutes against the Bulldogs.

Jackson State (0-5) enters off a 83-65 loss at North Texas on Saturday. Christian Williams led the Tigers with 24 points. Dundrecous Nelson scored 11 points.

Head coach Tevester Anderson's squad has played all five of its games this season away from home, and Tuesday's game in Moraga begins a four-game West Coast swing that will see the Tigers also play Washington State, Washington and Seattle.

Saint Mary's and Jackson State have only played once, with the Gaels prevailing 77-53 last season in Moraga. Clint Steindl and Rob Jones tied for team-high honors that night, each scoring 18 points to lead the way. Jones also pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.