SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team heads south on Saturday to take on San Diego in an 8 p.m. game at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The game will be televised live by ESPNU, with Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams on the call. Live audio and statistics will be available on SMCGaels.com, with Alex Jensen behind the mic once again for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's (20-4, 9-1 West Coast Conference) made the trip south on the heels of perhaps one of its best efforts of the year.
An 84-63 win over host Santa Clara on Thursday came courtesy of strong outside shooting and standout performance on both defense and the boards.
In the win over the Broncos, junior Beau Levesque made his presence felt in a big way. He scored a career-high 24 points, turning wide open looks on the perimeter into a career-high six 3-pointers made.
Levesque was strong outside, but the Gaels were equally tough down low.
Brad Waldow had one of his most complete games of the year, scoring 14 points and adding eight rebounds and a career high-tying three blocks. Mitchell Young was also strong down low, putting up 12 points and nine rebounds.
And, as usual, guard Matthew Dellavedova found a way to impact the game for the positive with nine assists. The Bob Cousy Award finalist didn't score a field goal, but he didn't have to with the rest of the team getting open looks.
Saint Mary's, already the WCC leader in rebounding margin, was again impressive in that category. The Gaels outrebounded Santa Clara 37-19.
San Diego (13-12, 6-4) enters on a roll of its own, having earned a huge home win over BYU 74-68 on Thursday.
That win came on the heels of a victory over Loyola Marymount, and a 2-point loss to Gonzaga. The recent hot streak has moved San Diego into sole possession of fourth place in the WCC.
In the victory over the Cougars, guard Johnny Dee shook off the effects of a sprained ankle to lead the Toreros with 19 points. Ken Rancifer added 16 points and added six assists.
San Diego was also solid down low in the win, as Chris Manresa collected a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow forward Dennis Kramer grabbed 10 rebounds to go with eight points.
Saint Mary's returns home after playing San Diego to prepare for a sold-out Valentine's Day showdown with Gonzaga on Thursday. That game will tip at 8 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN2. Live audio and statistics will be available on SMCGaels.com.