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MBK: Gaels To Face Weber State On March 11
Release: Thursday 02/21/2011 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- With the possibility of having a 10-day open period between the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Tournament and a potential first round game in post-season competition, the Saint Mary's College men's basketball program has added a game against Weber State to its schedule.

Saint Mary's will face the Wildcats in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, March 11 at McKeon Pavilion.  The game will serve as the final home game for seniors Phil Benson and Mickey McConnell with official Senior Day ceremonies taking place prior to the game.  There is currently no television coverage of the game planned, but there will be live Internet streaming video available on SMCGaels.com.

The game will be added to the season ticket package at no additional charge.  Single-game tickets are available by calling (925) 631-4292 or by visiting the tickets link on SMCGaels.com

"When we looked at the fact there could be such a long layoff following the conference tournament, adding a game made a lot of sense," said Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett.  "Weber State approached us quite a while back about the possibility of adding the game.  We hadn't filled all of our allowable dates in the schedule, so we agreed to play them.  They have a good program and the game will be a good test for our team.  It will also give us an opportunity to have a really special Senior Day for Phil Benson and Mickey McConnell."

Surprisingly, Saint Mary's and Weber State have only met twice previously with the Gaels winning both games in a home-and-away series in 1990 and 1991.  The last time Saint Mary's faced a team from the Big West Conference was Dec., 2009 when it defeated Portland State 101-80 in McKeon Pavilion.

Saint Mary's is 22-6 on the season and 10-2 in the WCC.  The Gaels enter Thursday's home game against Gonzaga with a one-game lead over the second-place Bulldogs in the conference standings.  The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tipoff and will be televised live by ESPN2 with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham calling the action.

Weber State enters Wednesday night's game at Idaho State with a 15-10 overall record and a 9-4 mark in the Big Sky.  The Wildcats currently sit in third-place in the league standings and have games at Sacramento State and at home against Eastern Washington remaining on its regular-season schedule.  The Big Sky Championships are scheduled to conclude on March 9 at the site of the league's regular-season champion.