SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the second time this season, Saint Mary's senior Stephen Holt earned West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors after his standout performances led the Gaels to a pair crucial road wins.
Holt, a 6-4 guard from Portland, Ore., averaged 23 points and 3.0 rebounds in SMC's road victories at Loyola Marymount (77-58) and Pepperdine (69-67). In the two games, he 53.9 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line as the Gaels retained possession of third place in the league standings - just one-half game behind BYU.
He scored a career-high 29 points and played all 45 minutes in Saturday's victory at Pepperdine. Against the Waves, Holt went 8-for-17 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line to give SMC a win in its first overtime game of the year.
Against LMU on Thursday, Holt made eight of his 10 field goal attempts en route to 17 points - tying Beau Levesque (17 points, 14 rebounds) for team-high scoring honors.
A four-year standout performer, Holt is 17th on the school's career scoring chart with 1,199 points, He is second in career steals with 164 and 10th in games started with 85.
Holt joins BYU's Tyler Haws and Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos as the only two-time winners of the award this season.
Saint Mary's plays its final six games of the regular season in the Bay Area, starting with Thursday's 8 p.m. home game against San Diego. The Gaels host BYU Saturday at 5 p.m. and will retire the number of former guard Matthew Dellavedova prior to the game. Tickets to Thursday's game are available via the tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689).