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Stephen Holt grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Wednesday at San Francisco.
Stephen Holt grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Wednesday at San Francisco.
MBK | Second Half Of WCC Starts With Visit From Pilots
Release: Tuesday 01/31/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- With eight West Coast Conference games down and eight to play, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team still has a clear view of any big picture goals it started the season with.

Aspirations for the future will have to wait though, as the Gaels now turn their focus to Saturday's 4:30 p.m. game against Portland at McKeon Pavilion.

The game will be televised locally by Comcast SportsNet California. Live audio will be available on SMCGaels.com, with the ebullient voice of Gaels play by play man Alex Jensen describing the action. Live stats will also be available on SMCGaels.com.

Saint Mary's improved to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in conference play with a 67-63 win at San Francisco on Wednesday.

It was Jorden Page's turn to shine in the win, as the junior from Maroochydore, Australia led the Gaels with 19 points.

Perhaps none were bigger than his two free throws with four seconds left, as Page turned a stressful two-point lead into a much more comfortable four-point advantage with two free throws.

Scoring wasn't the only story in the win over the Dons.

Already the WCC leader in rebounding margin, Saint Mary's dominated the boards to the tune of a 44-22 advantage against San Francisco.

Leading the way in that category was guard Stephen Holt. The Portland, Ore. native pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, with five coming on the offensive end.

Sophomore forward Brad Waldow also enjoyed another strong game against San Francisco, scoring 13 points to finish in double digits for the fourth straight game. He also grabbed eight rebounds in the win.

Portland enters Saturday's game a 8-15 overall record and 1-7 mark in WCC play.

The Pilots come to Moraga looking to reverse a rough five-game stretch that has included losses to Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, BYU and Santa Clara.

On Thursday, Portland began its two-game Bay Area swing with a 70-46 defeat at Santa Clara. The Pilots fell behind 28-4 to begin the game and could never recover. Leading scorer Ryan Nicholas again led the way, scoring 14 points to go with eight rebounds. Bryce Pressley was solid off the bench for head coach Eric Reveno, scoring eight points and swiping six steals.

It hasn't been long since the Gaels and Pilots saw each other. Saint Mary's made the trip north for a game on Jan. 19 and came away with a 60-38 victory.

In that game, SMC held Portland to just 23.3 percent from the floor, and the Pilots' output was the lowest ever in the series between the two teams.

Saturday is another CYO Night at McKeon Pavilion, and kids sixth grade and younger can receive half off the price of a child's ticket if they are wearing their team uniform.

The WCC T-Shirt Drive is also still underway, and fans can drop off their lightly-worn shirts in the McKeon Pavilion lobby. Fans who bring a shirt from another college can exchange it for a SMC shirt.