MORAGA, Calif. -- Jordan Giusti has earned more minutes lately thanks to his ability to guard an opposing team's best backcourt scorer.
On Saturday, he showed a side of his game that might make him flat-out unstoppable.
The redshirt freshman from San Ramon, Calif. provided one of the highlights in a 74-61 win over Loyola Marymount, beating the halftime buzzer with a half-court bank shot to put Saint Mary's up by three heading into intermission.
"That was complete luck," Giusti said through an ear-to-ear smile. "I thought I threw it over the backboard."
The fact that Giusti was put in a position to make the shot has nothing to do with luck. A late-game substitution for defense against Harvard, he's been earning more and more minutes as he has continued to show an ability to shut down an opposing team's best guard.
On Saturday, that earned Giusti a matchup with the West Coast Conference's leading scorer, Anthony Ireland. That was no trouble for Giusti, who limited Ireland to 5 of 18 shooting and 16 points.
"It's really hard to score on him," said teammate Matthew Dellavedova. "He moves his feet well. I thought he did a great job on Ireland in the second half."
It also didn't hurt that Giusti showed he has a flair for the dramatic. After Dellavedova came down with a defensive rebound, he found Giusti near half court with time winding down. Giusti took a few steps, launched, and sent the Gaels to the locker room with a 33-30 advantage.
"He's really good on the ball. He can really guard you," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "And he's added the half-court runner. That's made him really quite a player.