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Matthew Dellavedova became SMC's all-time leading scorer on Saturday.
Matthew Dellavedova became SMC's all-time leading scorer on Saturday.
MBK | Dellavedova Becomes SMC's All-Time Leading Scorer
Release: Friday 03/02/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- Matthew Dellavedova backed down his defender, spun away and launched into the air off one foot.

The shot he hoisted with 3:53 remaining in the first half against Santa Clara on Saturday found the bottom of the net, and moved the senior from Maryborough, Victoria, Australia into first place on the Saint Mary's men's basketball all-time scoring list.

"The best thing about Matt is he couldn't care less about the scoring, the assists, any of that. He cares about his team winning," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "It's pretty easy to coach when your best player, all-time leading scorer, all-time in assists, the most important thing to him is his team wins."

Dellavedova passed his countryman, Daniel Kickert, for first place on the list. Kickert held the record with 1,874 points.

Already owner of several other records at Saint Mary's, Dellavedova entered Saturday's game needing just four points to break the record.

He scored his first two points on a layup just 1:07 into the game. He didn't score again until there were just under four minutes left in the half, leaving the crowd hanging on his every shot for most of the half.

Dellavedova finished with 21 points, leading the Gaels in scoring. He will take a career mark of 1,892 points into the West Coast Conference Tournament and beyond.