No. 11/12 Saint Mary's Hits the Road to LMU
The Gaels are riding an 18-game win streak into Gersten Pavilion Thursday night.
Game 26: Loyola Marymount (7-16, 2-10 WCC), Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion (Capacity 4,156)
All-time Series: 91-54
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Saint Mary's extends program record win streak to 18 games. No. 11 ranking in AP Poll is highest ever in program history.
The Gaels have won 16 consecutive conference games, tied-2nd longest active streak in the country with Louisiana in the SBC and Rhode Island in A-10 (Vermont leads with 30 in AEC).
Saint Mary's is one of just three teams undefeated on the road this season (Ohio State and Purdue).
Can't Stop Jock
16 double-doubles on the season, 14 in the past 17 games, Jock Landale continues to lead the efficient Gaels offense. His 22.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 16 double-doubles are all tops in the WCC. His career 62.9 percent shooting would be first in the Gaels' record for career field-goal percentage.
Another One for Landale
Landale was named WCC Player of the Week for the 5th time this season. He needs one more to tie the all-time record:
Adam Morrison (GU, 2005-06) - 6
Bo Kimble (Loyola Marymount, 1989-90) - 6
Jock Landale (2017-18) - 5
Landale now has seven career Player of the Week honors, tied third all-time with Omar Samhan (2006-10).
Another Record Set
Through 25 games, SMC is off to its best record in program history at 23-2. The Gaels went 22-3 in 2016-17, 2011-12.
Key Takeaways on the Road
8-0 in true road games this season, SMC is winning by an average margin of 12 points. The Gaels are connecting on 54.8 percent of their field-goals and limiting the opponent to just 64.3 points per game on the road.
History Favors the Gaels Over Lions
Saint Mary's has won the last 12 meetings, and are 23-2 in the last 25 games against LMU. The last loss at LMU was back on Jan. 23, 2006 (L, 78-70).
Home AND Road Warriors
The Gaels have won 13 in a row on the road, the nation's longest streak. SMC won nine road games consecutively from Feb. 6, 2016-Jan. 14, 2017. The last time SMC lost a true road game was at Gonzaga on Jan. 14, 2017.
In the latest Associated Press rankings, Saint Mary's rang in at No. 11, the program's best ranking in the AP Poll. The Gaels are 12th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Naar is second all-time in the record book for assists (757). Naar is second in the country in APG (9.0). The senior has posted at least seven assists 21 times this season. He leads the nation in total assists (225) and was named on Lou Henson Midseason Watch List for best Mid-Major player.
Most Assists by a Gael in a Single Season:
Naar (2017-18): Currently at 225
Dellavedova (2012-13) & Naar (2015-16): 223
About the Lions
LMU is coming off a split first defeating BYU at home, 76-69, then falling at Portland, 68-66. The Lions are 5-6 at Gersten Pavilion and are led by James Batemon who is averaging 17.4 ppg. Eli Scott (13.5) and Steven Haney (12.5) are the other two Lions averaging double-digit points.
LMU tops the West Coast Conference with 7.3 steals per game. Jeffery McClendon leads the league averaging 2.0 steals per game. Haney is second in the league averaging 2.7 three-pointers per game.
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