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Brad Waldow scored 19 points to lead SMC to a win when they visited BYU last season.
Brad Waldow scored 19 points to lead SMC to a win when they visited BYU last season.
MBK | Two Game Road Swing Starts With Trip To BYU
Release: Sunday 01/15/2013 
by SMC Athletics

PROVO, Utah -- Three games into the West Coast Conference season, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team has yet to have anything come easy when it comes to wins and losses.

That trend certainly won't change Wednesday, as the Gaels take on host BYU at the Marriott Center at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, and live audio will be available on SMCGaels.com.

Saint Mary's (13-4, 2-1 WCC) enters the game fresh off a hard-fought 78-72 win over San Francisco on Saturday. In the victory, Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 points to lead four Gaels in double figures.

The game was symbolic of the entire WCC season to date in that it took a late push to finally put the Dons away. The Gaels led by just four with two minutes to play, but with the lead at six and just under a minute left, a key sequence saw Mitchell Young rebound a missed 3-pointer, get fouled and hit two key free throws.

Saint Mary's helped itself in the win over San Francisco with tremendous free throw shooting. The Gaels went 24 for 27 from the line, their second-best percentage in a single game all season.

The win, which was Saint Mary's 15th straight over San Francisco, served as another example of the good play the Gaels have gotten lately from their bench.

Beau Levesque scored 15 points, finishing in double digits for the ninth time in the last 10 games. Jordan Giusti provided outstanding energy and defense yet again, and Matt Hodgson and James Walker III each provided great energy and a bit of scoring.

Dellavedova continued to play at an All-American level, scoring in double figures for the 13th time this season. He played a full 40 minutes for the sixth time this season, and third in the last four games.

The native of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia continues to re-write the SMC record books as the 2012-13 season crosses the midway point. He ranks first all-time in assists, 3-point makes and 3-point attempts. He is fourth in scoring, second in games started and fifth in steals.

BYU (14-4, 4-0) returns home to take on the Gaels after scoring a 82-64 road win over Santa Clara on Saturday. Five Cougars scored in double figures, led by Tyler Haws with 24 points. Matt Carlino scored 13 points and added eight assists.

Haws has been BYU's scoring leader this season, averaging 21.3 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds per game. Forward Brandon Davies hasn't been far behind, averaging 18.4 points and 7.7 rebounds a contest.

Carlino has also come on since conference play started, averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.5 steals in four games.

Saint Mary's won both matchups between the two schools last season, beating the Cougars 98-82 at home and then scoring an 80-66 triumph on the road. In their second and final game of the season, forward Brad Waldow led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Gaels stay on the road this weekend, traveling to take on Portland on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. That game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California. Live audio will also be available on SMCGaels.com.