MBK | No. 13/14 Gaels Host Bay Area Rival Dons Thursday Night
Saint Mary's looks for its 17th straight win of the season as they host USF.
Game 24: San Francisco (12-11, 4-6 WCC), Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:00 p.m. PST
McKeon Pavilion (Capacity 3,500)
All-time Series: 79-99
Roxy Bernstein (PxP), Caron Butler (Color)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
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SMC Game Notes
Foam Finger Giveaway
The first 1,500 fans in attendance will get a 3-Point Foam Finger presented by Mechanics Bank.
3 Quick Bites
Saint Mary’s has won a program record 16 games in a row after defeating Portland Saturday night, 72-55.
The Gaels have won 14 consecutive conference games, tied-3rd most in the country with A-10 Rhode Island (Vermont leads with 28 in AEC, Louisiana in second with 15 in the SBC.)
Saint Mary’s has won 23 of the past 24 meetings against San Francisco. No. 13 ranking in AP Poll is second best ever in program history (No. 12, 11/26-12/5/2016).
National Attention for Jock Landale
14 double-doubles on the season, 12 in the past 15 games, Jock Landale continues to lead the efficient Gaels offense. His 22.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 65.7 percent field-goal percentage and 14 double-doubles are all tops in the WCC.
His career 62.7 percent shooting would be first in the Gaels’ record for career field-goal percentage. Landale now ranks 9th in all-time scoring at 1,406 career points. Jock was named on the Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Lou Henson and Lute Olson Midseason Watch List.
16 Going on 17?
Saint Mary’s now owns a 16-game win streak. The 16-game win streak is the longest under Randy Bennett and in school history (15 in a row was previous record during 2008-09).
Hard to Beat Gaels in Moraga
Saint Mary’s has won 15 consecutive home games, tied for the third longest streak in program history. The Gaels won 19 in a row from 2010 to 2011.
Owning the Dons
The Gaels have won the last seven meetings versus USF. During the seven-game win streak, SMC has defeated USF by an average margin of 17 points at McKeon Pavilion. SMC has not lost at home versus USF since Feb. 8, 2003 (L, 68-67).
About the Dons
As a team, the Dons are averaging 69.4 points per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 67.9 points per game and shooting 43.3 percent from the field.
USF is 3-6 away from War Memorial at the Sobrato Center this season and 2-5 in true
road games. They are coming off a spirited 82-73 defeat at the hands of No. 15 Gonzaga up in Spokane.
USF has three players averaging better than 10 points per game. Leading the team is freshman Souley Boum who is averaging 13.8 points per game. The Dons have been without second leading scorer Chase Foster for the last three contests who has been out with an ankle sprain suffered in the first three minutes of the LMU contest.
The Dons have employed 11 starting lineups in 23 contests this year, which is sixth most in the country.
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