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Jordan Giusti played 16 important minutes Saturday vs. Pacific.
Jordan Giusti played 16 important minutes Saturday vs. Pacific.
MBK | Bench Delivers When Called On Vs. Pacific
Release: Saturday 01/18/2014 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- The scoresheet from the Saint Mary's men's basketball team's 79-73 win over Pacific showed Paul McCoy, Jordan Giusti and Dane Pineau with a grand total of three points.

That number tells very little of how important they were to the victory.

With starters Beau Levesque and James Walker III mired in foul trouble throughout Saturday's game, the Gaels called on that trio to contribute in extended minutes. They responded in kind, turning in a hard-fought night of defense and providing valuable energy off the bench that helped key the win.

""We basically didn't have Beau and James a lot of the game, which can happen," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "Thank goodness Giusti and Paul stepped up. They did a good job defensively and gave us some valuable minutes and Dane had to fill in (as well)."

That the trio didn't score much wasn't an issue considering the night that a few of their teammates had. Stephen Holt set a career high with 26 points, Kerry Carter added a career high of his own with 21 and Brad Waldow poured in 22 of his own as the trio combined to score score 69 of Saint Mary's 79 points.

So, with the scoring taken care of, McCoy and Giusti in particular set out to limit Pacific's guards on the other end. Five Tigers finished in double digits, but only two were guards and the ones that did, Andrew Bock and Sama Taku, finished with 11 apiece.

""It was our defense off the bench. Giusti and I came off the bench and gave really good minutes defensively," McCoy said. "We didn't score much, he hit a 3 and some free throws, but I think coach just wants us to really play defense, rebound and play our role on the team which I thought we did pretty well today."