MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's basketball team made its return to McKeon Pavilion an enjoyable one as the Gaels took control early and never looked back in beating William Jessup 84-46 at McKeon Pavilion.
The win pushes Saint Mary's overall record to 12-4 and brings to a close the non-conference portion of the Gaels' 2013-14 schedule. Saint Mary's went 10-3 against non-conference competition this season, winning all nine games played at home for the third straight year to push its home winning streak against non-conference foes to 27.
Kerry Carter led the way in the win, eclipsing his career high in the first half en route to finishing with 19 points. Brad Waldow added 11 points and eight rebounds, Treaven Duffy scored a career-high 13 points and Eividas Petrulis chipped in with a career-high 11 of his own. Caleb Richey led William Jessup (6-10) with 11.
"The concern was the tight turnaround, number one, and number two we wanted to make sure we built off what we did at Portland," acting Gaels coach Eran Ganot said. "Taking out the first five minutes of the Portland game and playing right, a defensive mindset. Again, we struggled in the first five minutes today and that's something we've got to address. It'll be a focal point for us but I thought the guys did a nice job playing right and we got contributions from a lot of guys."
Saint Mary's took a few minutes to get warmed up Monday, spotting William Jessup a 5-0 lead right off the bat. That served only as a bit of a wake-up for the Gaels, who got to work immediately from behind the 3-point line. Carter got the long-range barrage started with a 3 from the corner, and Walker followed with a trey of his own to put Saint Mary's in front.
Carter was just getting started. He played the protagonist in a 23-4 run that gave the Gaels all the momentum, making three of his first four from long range en route to 19 first-half points. Levesque capped the run with an old-fashioned 3-point play and Saint Mary's owned a 23-9 lead with 7:44 left in the half.
That lead only continued to grow for the rest of the half, and fittingly it was Carter who put the exclamation point on the period as his 3 from the corner with eight seconds left gave Saint Mary's the 36-20 halftime advantage and pushed him past his previous career high of 18.
Saint Mary's extended the lead even further in the second half, with a 18-0 run putting the game away for good. Duffy capped the stretch with a pair of free throws and with 13:03 to play, Saint Mary's led 56-24.
In some of the key team statistics that Saint Mary's has worked to find consistency in, the Gaels produced positive results. Saint Mary's outrebounded William Jessup 41-22 and held the Warriors to just 26 percent from the floor.
The Gaels also scored the win without the West Coast Conference's leader in minutes. Point guard Stephen Holt, who ranked 12th in the country at 37.1 minutes per game entering Monday's action, got the night off to rest.
Saint Mary's returns to West Coast Conference play on Thursday when it hosts Santa Clara at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The homestand continues Saturday when the Gaels host San Francisco at 3 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet California. As always, live streaming audio and statistics can be found on SMCGaels.com and tickets can be purchased by clicking the Tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.