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Stephen Holt, left, and Mitchell Young each played well in a win over Rhode Island on Thursday.
Stephen Holt, left, and Mitchell Young each played well in a win over Rhode Island on Thursday.
MBK | Gaels Ring In New Year Against Ivy League Foes
Release: Saturday 12/28/2012 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's basketball team might be ready to turn the calendar to 2013, but before it does, there remains work to be done to close 2012 on a successful note.

The Gaels will kick off a busy two-day stretch on Sunday when they host Yale at 2:30 p.m. On Monday, Harvard will be in the house to ring in the New Year as Saint Mary's hosts the annual Shamrock Office Solutions Classic at 5 p.m.

Tickets to both games are available by clicking the Tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689).

Live video of Sunday's game against Yale will be streamed live on SMCGaels.com, and Alex Jensen will provide play by play. Monday's game against Harvard will be televised nationally on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call. Live audio of Monday's game will also be available on SMCGaels.com.

Saint Mary's (9-3) enters the weekend on a high note, fresh off an 82-59 win over Rhode Island on Thursday. With the victory, the Gaels are now 21-1 in McKeon Pavilion over the last two years.

Five Gaels scored in double figures in the win over the Rams, led by Stephen Holt with 17. The game was Holt's first in Moraga since mid-November, as he played in his second game after missing four with a bruised knee. Holt also finished with six rebounds in the win.

Joining Holt in double figures was All-America candidate Matthew Dellavedova, who notched his first double-double of the year with a 12 point, 10 assist performance. Dellavedova enters the Yale contest averaging 18 points and 6.4 assists per game this season.

Beau Levesque and James Walker III continued to provide important offense in the win over Rhode Island, each scoring 14 points. Mitchell Young added 10 points.

The Gaels made their biggest impact against Rhode Island on the boards, outrebounding the Rams 42-17. Walker led the way with eight, Young added seven and Levesque and Holt each had six.

Yale entered this weekend's Western swing with a 4-7 record. The Bulldogs stopped in Reno, Nev. on its way to Moraga to play Nevada on Friday night.

Leading the way for Yale entering the Nevada game was senior guard Austin Morgan. The Reno native entered his homecoming game averaging 12.4 points per game. Freshman forward Justin Sears was the only other Bulldog averaging in double figures, with 11.4 points per game.

While Friday's game was a homecoming for Morgan, Sunday's game against the Gaels represents the same for Berkeley, Calif. native Jeremiah Kreisberg. A standout at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, Kreisberg attended Saint Mary's basketball camps as a young player.

The Gaels and Bulldogs have faced off four times, with Saint Mary's owning a 3-1 edge all-time. They last played in 2003, with the Gaels earning a 66-56 win in Moraga. Daniel Kickert led the way with 19 points, and Chase Poole added 13 points and 18 rebounds.

Harvard also comes to Moraga on the back end of a Western sojurn, as the Crimson carried a 6-4 record into their game Saturday at Cal.

The Crimson came into the Cal game on a two-game win streak, having recently beaten Boston University and Holy Cross.

Sophomore guard Wesley Saunders has led Harvard in the early season, entering the weekend with an average of 15.8 points per game. Freshman guard Siyani Chambers has also been a standout, averaging 12.7 points and 5.2 assists per game.

Monday's matchup will be the first ever between Saint Mary's and Harvard.

Before the Gaels and Crimson tip off, the Soda Center will be busy as the Shamrock Office Solutions New Year's pre-game party takes place from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person with an RSVP and $15 at the door. The price includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and a commemorative t-shirt. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

For questions regarding the pregame party, contact the SMC Alumni Office at (925) 631-8744 or email events@stmarys-ca.edu. To RSVP for the event, click here.