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Mitchell Young will look to continue his strong play when SMC plays San Francisco.
Mitchell Young will look to continue his strong play when SMC plays San Francisco.
MBK | SMC Heads To The Hilltop To Take On Dons
Release: Sunday 01/29/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- West Coast Conference play has offered plenty of challenges already for the Saint Mary's men's basketball team.

Next up is another road test, as the Gaels travel Wednesday to take on San Francisco at 7 p.m. 

The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California. A live audio stream and live stats will be available on, with veteran radio voice Alex Jensen calling the action.

Tickets to the game are also still available, and can be purchased starting at $35 through the San Francisco Athletic Ticket Office.

Saint Mary's (17-4, 6-1 WCC) brings a five-game winning streak with it as it crosses the Bay Bridge to take on the rival Dons. The Gaels will also put a longer streak on the line, having won the last 15 games between the two schools, dating back to 2006.

Last weekend, the Gaels enjoyed a successful pair of games at McKeon Pavilion, beating San Diego 81-48 and downing Pepperdine 84-72.

Beau Levesque was the offensive star in both contests, scoring a career-high 20 points against San Diego and following it up with 19 against Pepperdine. In the two games, he combined to go 16 for 21 from the floor, and also grabbed 10 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end.

On Monday, the junior from Lafayette, Calif. was picked as the WCC Player of the Week. Levesque is the first Gael to earn that honor this season.

Scoring certainly doesn't tell the whole story of how good SMC was on offense during the weekend.

Matthew Dellavedova offered a prime example, dishing out a combined 21 assists and committing zero turnovers. His 11 dimes against San Diego was a season high, and only one behind his career best of 12. And, over the past five games, the senior from Australia has committed a miniscule three turnovers.

On a larger scale, Dellavedova continues to climb the all-time WCC rankings. He is tied for 25th all-time in scoring with 1,722 points, second in assists with 689, tied for fourth in free throw percentage at 86.7 percent and tied for eighth in 3-pointers made with 252. In two of those categories (scoring and assists), he has already surpassed NBA and former Santa Clara star Steve Nash.

Levesque hasn't been the only Gael doing major work in the low post. Brad Waldow enjoyed a good weekend as well, combining to score 28 points in the two games. Mitchell Young added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Rowley scored a season-high eight points in the win over San Diego.

San Francisco (9-12, 2-6) made a trip to the Pacific Northwest last weekend, earning a split in games against Portland and Gonzaga.

In the win over Portland, junior De'End Parker led the way, scoring 16 points, Cole Dickerson added 15. The Dons came from behind to beat the Pilots, scoring 42 points in the second half to overcome a four-point halftime deficit.

Two days later, the Dons dropped a 66-52 decision to No. 10-ranked Gonzaga. Chris Adams led San Francisco in scoring with nine points in the loss.

For the season, three Dons are averaging in double figures, led by Dickerson at 14.2 points per game. Parker and Cody Doolin each average 12 points per game.

This is the second meeting between the Gaels and Dons this season. The two met on Jan. 12 in Moraga, with Saint Mary's earning a 78-72 victory. Dellavedova led four Gaels in double digits with 19 points.