MBK | Gaels Continue Road Trip at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's aims to win its 12th straight of the season on Saturday at Pepperdine.
Game 19: at Pepperdine (3-14, 0-5 WCC), Saturday, Jan. 13, 5:00 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse (Capacity, 3,104)
All-time Series: 67-72
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area Plus (Xfinity Ch. 780 (HD); Ch. 85 (SD)) (DirecTV Ch. 697) (Dish Ch. 419); Spectrum SportsNet, ROOT Northwest
Barry Tompkins (PxP), Casey Jacobsen (Color)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
Live Stats | TuneIn | Live Stream
SMC Game Notes | Pepperdine Game Notes
Efficient Offense, Stout Defense Routs Broncos
Saint Mary’s (16-2, 5-0 WCC) blew past Santa Clara (6-11, 3-2 WCC) Thursday night to remain perfect in West Coast Conference action, as the Gaels used their size and trademark ball movement for the 24-point victory, 81-57.
SMC held the Broncos scoreless for nearly four minutes for the 55-33 lead. Saint Mary’s charged ahead to lead by as many as 27 points to win its 12th straight game of the season. Jock Landale led the way for SMC, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the year.
Where Jock Stands in Record Book
11 double-doubles on the season, nine in the past 10 games, Jock Landale continues to lead the efficient Gaels offense. His 21.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 64.0 percent field-goal percentage and 11 double-doubles are all tops in the WCC.
His career 62.0 percent shooting would be first in the Gaels’ record for career field-goal percentage. Landale now ranks 14th in all-time scoring at 1,278 career points. He needs 22 points to pass Rick Bernard for 13th all-time in points scored. Jock was named on the Wooden, Lou Henson and Lute Olson Midseason Watch List.
Can We Make it 12?
Saint Mary’s now owns an 11-game win streak. The last time the Gaels won 11 in a row is during the 2011-12 season where SMC won 12 in a row from 12/23-2/2.
Gaels and Waves History
SMC has won the last three meetings by an average margin of 21.3 points. Pepperdine won three straight from 2015-16. The Gaels are 20-3 versus the Waves since 2007.
On the Rise - Defense
After allowing 71.1 ppg and opponents to shoot 49 percent from the floor in the first seven games of the season, the Gaels defense has turned the corner. During the 11-game win streak, SMC is allowing just 61.6 ppg and forcing the opponent to shoot just 42.4 percent from the floor. In conference games, SMC has allowed an average of just 59.8 ppg. No conference opponent has scored at least 65 points.
Naar Dishes and he Scores
Naar is second in the program’s all-time list for assists (696). Naar is first in the WCC and second in the country in assists per game (9.1). The senior has posted at least seven assists 16 times this season. He leads the nation in total assists (164). Naar was also named on the Lou Henson Midseason Watch List for best Mid-Major player.
Watching the Record Book
With now 1,208 points, Naar moves into 20th in all-time scoring. With 164 assists through 18 games, Naar will need 73 more assists this season to surpass
Dellavedova on all-time assists (768).
Calvin Hermanson has the third most three-pointers in program history with 218. Hermanson became just the third Gael to have at least 200 three-pointers made in his career.
Landale needs just three made field goals to tie for 10th in program history for field-goals made (505). He also needs 46 more rebounds to have 10th most rebounds in program history. His 1,278 career points is 14th all-time.
About the Waves
Kameron Edwards, the team’s leading scorer (15.9) and rebounder (6.8), hasn’t played since December 5 due to a concussion. Nolan Taylor (shoulder) and Jadé Smith (concussion) also didn’t travel to BYU.
Colbey Ross is currently the top freshman in the WCC in both scoring (14.8, eighth overall) and assists (5.1, fourth overall). He’s the only Wave to start all 17 games. Amadi Udenyi needs five assists to get to fifth on the Waves’ all-time list.
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