MORAGA, Calif. -- More and more, it's becoming less and less important who starts for the Saint Mary's men's basketball team.
Depth has been a key for the Gaels this season, and the numbers are beginning to reflect just how talented a group of players head coach Randy Bennett can call on when he needs a spark.
Take Thursday's 81-48 win over San Diego. The game's leading scorer, Beau Levesque, came off the bench to pour in a career-high 20 points. Kyle Rowley tied his career high with eight.
In total, the Gaels got 39 points from their backups in the win over the Toreros.
The increase in production isn't an accident. A plethora of talented guards has to share spots in the lineup at any given time, which means that no matter if it's Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Holt, Jorden Page, Jordan Giusti or James Walker III, production is likely to follow.
Dellavedova, Holt, Page and Walker have all started games this year, and Giusti continues to get big minutes. When Holt missed time earlier in the season with a bruised knee, Walker took a bigger role.
When Holt returned, Walker went back to the bench and remained one of the team's biggest offensive threats.
The ringleader off the bench has been Levesque in an overall sense. He takes perhaps the most contact of anyone on the team, but continues to attack the basket, rebound and play defense in addition to scoring.
"He was really patient. He let the game come to him, and that's where Beau has gotten better and better. He's really becoming a good offensive player," Bennett said. "And, he's a warrior on the boards. He plays hard. He's what we want our identity to be. Tough and hard-nosed."
Team depth will continue to be tested as the West Coast Conference season hits its apex. If the bench continues to play as it has lately, the Gaels should stand a good chance no matter who checks into the game.