MORAGA, Calif. -- It wouldn't have been enough for Jorden Page simply to score 19 points against San Francisco last week.
Had he not come up with clutch plays down the stretch, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team might not have been able to weather a late run by the Dons and walk out of War Memorial Gymnasium with a victory.
For his late game heroics, all-around good play and solid encore performance two days later against Portland, Page has been named this week's Saint Mary's Student-Athlete of the Week.
The junior from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia was effective early against San Francisco, scoring nine of his game-high 19 in the first half.
It was what he did in crunch time that really mattered. With 10 seconds left and the Gaels leading by just two, Page had to leap to catch an inbounds pass. He went high between two defenders, secured the ball, landed and got fouled.
Page made the ensuing free throws, giving the Gaels a four-point lead to clinch the victory.
Two days later, Page enjoyed another good offensive outing, going 5 for 7 from the floor to score 11 points. He also continued to play well defensively, helping Saint Mary's hold Portland to just 31 percent from the field.
Page and the Gaels will be back on the court Thursday as they head to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2, and live audio will be available on SMCGaels.com.