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Sunday's win over Yale gives the SMC men's basketball team momentum heading into Monday's game against Harvard.
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MBK | Dellavedova Catches Fire As SMC Beats Yale
Release: Monday 12/30/2012 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- Matthew Dellavedova scored 24 points and the Saint Mary's men's basketball team picked up its 10th victory of the season with a 78-62 win over Yale on Sunday at McKeon Pavilion.

Brad Waldow, Beau Levesque and Jorden Page all chipped in with 10 points for Saint Mary's (10-3). Waldow added eight rebounds, and Stephen Holt also played well with nine points and six rebounds.

Dellavedova also made a bit of history Sunday. By making four 3-pointers, he passed David Sivulich for the all-time lead in 3-pointers made. Dellavedova has made 239 from long distance, one more than Sivulich.

He also moved past Diamon Simpson into fourth on the school's all-time scoring list. Dellavedova has scored 1,620 points in his career. David Vann is third on the list with 1,738, and Daniel Kickert holds the record with 1,874.

Leading by 10 at halftime, the Gaels took control right out of the locker room.

All five Gaels who took the court to begin the half -- Matthew Dellavedova, Jorden Page, James Walker III, Mitchell Young and Brad Waldow -- scored in the run, with Page's layup in transition making the score 50-30 with 16:56 left.

Page and Waldow also provided a highlight-reel play during the streak, as Page looked off a defender, found Waldow alone underneath the hoop, and the big man from Shingle Springs, Calif. threw it down for a crowd-pleasing dunk.

Yale (4-9) traded baskets with the Gaels for the next few minutes, but could never quite get the deficit to a dangerous level. Greg Kelley led three Bulldogs in double figures with 14 points.

Having been more a distributor than a scorer over the last two games, Dellavedova used Sunday's game to again show how effective he can be when called on to do the bulk of the scoring.

That started from the very beginning, as Dellavedova's 3-pointer capped an early 10-0 run that put Saint Mary's up 14-4 with just under 15 minutes left in the first half.

It continued in the second half, as the All America candidate scored in a variety of ways. He stepped out to hit the 3-pointer, drifted into the lane to float shots over the defense, and drew contact to get to the free throw line. He finished 9 of 13 from the field and also added six assists in the win.

"It's a good win. Like I told our team, we don't take these for granted," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "We beat a team that has played a lot on the road and I think we got better as the game went on."

When Dellavedova wasn't doing the scoring, balance proved key as Saint Mary's continued to build on the lead. Seven different Gaels scored in the first half, and a 3-point play by Beau Levesque with 3:38 left in the half pushed the advantage to 36-24 in favor of the home squad.

Yale cut into the lead before the break thanks to a long distance display by one of its big men. 6-foot-8 forward Greg Kelley stepped out to hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which cut the Saint Mary's lead to 36-30 with 1:10 before halftime.

The Gaels scored the final four points of the period though, with a Dellavedova jumper and two free throws by Holt making the score 40-30 at halftime.

Saint Mary's is back in action Monday, as Harvard visits McKeon Pavilion to take part in the 2012 Shamrock Office Solutions Classic at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at SMCGaels.com or through the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

"We've improved so much over the last month," Bennett said. "When we played in Anaheim, even in the game we won, I didn't think we were playing very well. Since that point, we've gotten better. This will be a good test for us tomorrow. This is one of the toughest nonconference games we have on the schedule."