Game 26: vs Loyola Marymount, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
All-time Series: 89-54
Last Meeting: 12/29/16 at LMU (W, 72-60)
TV: CSN California (Barry Thompkins, Dan Belluomini)
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Second to Last Home Match
No. 22/21 Saint Mary’s (22-3, 12-2 WCC) hosts Loyola Marymount at McKeon Pavilion at 8 p.m. The regular season is winding down as the Gaels will have just one more home game after Thursday night.
This marks the 144th meeting between the two programs, as SMC holds the 89-54 advantage. Saint Mary’s has defeated the Lions 10 straight times. They are 21-1 in the last 22 meetings versus LMU.
What Happened in Last Meeting?
In the season’s conference opener, Saint Mary’s used a balanced attack and stingy defense to defeat Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion, 72-60.
Emmett Naar posted 19 points and five assists. Jock Landale recorded his fourth straight double-double with another impressive performance with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Rahon finished the game scoring 11 points, five rebounds and seven dimes while Calvin Hermanson shot 4-for-5 from the court to finish with 10 points and five boards.
SMC hit seven of its last eight field-goals to finish the game and shot 57 percent for the game. The Gaels also found their range, hitting 50 percent of their three-point attempts (6-for-12).
Gaels Fall to No. 1 Zags
The Gaels made the presence felt at times, but were overwhelmed by Gonzaga’s hot shooting in the 74-64 loss.
Landale recorded 24 points and eight rebounds versus GU.
Saint Mary’s caused problems for Gonzaga early in the second half though, with a corner three from Calvin Hermanson capping a 7-2 run and inching the Gaels to within five with the Bulldogs making just one of their last previous field goals in a three-minute span. The Gaels trailed closer behind the Bulldogs in the second half than the first, coming as close as within five.
Saint Mary’s is currently holding opponents to just 55.9 points per game. The team is first in the WCC and second in the nation in opponents points per game. Over the first five conference games, the Gaels didn’t let their opponents shoot 45 percent or better (LMU, 35.6 , USD 42.9, BYU 44.3%, USF 37.3% & Portland 25.0%). In total, SMC has forced 10 WCC opponents to shoot below 45 percent in 14 conference game so far.
Numbers Never Lie
The Gaels are currently 1st in the WCC in six statistical categories: Scoring defense (56.6, 2nd NCAA) free-throw percentage (.762, 21st NCAA), rebound-margin (9.6, 4th NCAA), three-point field goal pct (38.8 percent, 23rd), assists (16.8, 27th NCAA) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6, 4th NCAA).
SMC also ranks 2nd in field-goal percentage (.490, 14th NCAA), three-point FG defense (30.1 percent, 11th) and scoring margin (+14.8, 8th NCAA).
Jock’s Consistency Game
Landale ranks tied-29th in the NCAA with 11 double-doubles on the season.
According to the NCAA, Landale ranks 33rd in rebounding (9.4), 32nd in offensive rebounding (3.2) and t-58th in defensive rebounding per game (6.3). Landale leads the team in points per game at 17.0 and has scored in double-figures 24 of the 25 games.
The Streak Continues
The Gaels have been ranked inside the top-25 in both AP and USA Today polls for the 15th consecutive week. This year’s program continues to shatter the previous record for consecutive weeks being ranked. The previous record was five straight weeks during the 2008 and 2012 seasons.
Emmett Naar is now fourth all-time in the record books for most assists in program history. In the loss versus the Zags, Naar collected four assists and now has a total of 477. He skipped Mickey McConnell’s 476 from 2007-11.
SCOUTING REPORT-- The Lions
LMU is currently led by senior guard Brandon Brown. He is the only Lion to start all 25 games thus far. Brown is averaging 13.8 points in 31.5 minutes per game.
Brown struggled in the first match versus SMC, going 4-of-18 FG for just 11 points.
Buay Tuach, a 6-6 wing is the other Lion averaging double-digit scoring (12.1 points per game). Tuach also pulls down 4.1 boards a game. The Lions take care of the ball, as they are tied-1st in the WCC in Turnover margin (+1.8). LMU is also active on the offensive glass, ranking 2nd in the WCC with 11.3 offensive boards a game.
SCOUTING REPORT -- The Cougars
BYU is in third place in the conference after defeating San Francisco Saturday. First year player Yoeli Childs registered his fifth double-double of the season with 23 points and 17 rebounds, setting a new career high in points and rebounds.
Eric Mika scored 12 points to extend his streak to 28 games in double figures. Mika is averaging 20.2 points per game (2nd in WCC) and leads the conference with 9.5 rebounds per game.
Dave Rose started a lineup of TJ Haws, Nick Emery, Elijah Bryant, Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika for the second consecutive game in the win over the Dons.
BYU is 2nd in the WCC in scoring offense (81.4 points per game) and second in field-goal percentage defense (40.1 percent). The Cougars are 13-2 at home this season.
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