MBK | Gaels Host Sacramento State Monday Night
Saint Mary's returns home Monday night to host Sacramento State at 7 p.m. PST
Game 9: vs Sacramento State, Monday, Dec. 4, 7:00 p.m.
McKeon Pavilion (Capacity, 3,500)
All-time Series: SMC leads 29-6
Last Meeting: 12/17/2004 McKeon Pavilion (W, 73-38)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
Live Stats | TuneIn
Bay Area Clash Recap
Saint Mary’s bounced back with an 11-point victory, defeating California, 74-63 on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion.
Tanner Krebs got his first career start in the game and pulled down a career-high and game high 11 boards. Jordan Ford scored a career-high 17 points with six rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes.
SMC forced California to finish 49 percent from the floor and just 36 percent from beyond the arc. The Gaels caused 12 turnovers and led wire-to-wire. Calvin Hermanson finished with 22 points on 8-of-13 from the floor.
Good to be Back Home
For the first time since Nov. 15, the Gaels will play a home contest. The 19 days in between home games is the longest stretch since a 23-day period without home games in 2008-09 (Nov. 27-Dec.19).
Dominance Versus the Hornets
The Gaels are 9-1 in their last 10 meetings versus Sacramento State. This is the first meeting since the 73-38 drubbing over the Hornets on Dec. 17, 2004. SMC won six straight meetings between 1994-99.
Dating back to 2016-17, the Gaels are an impressive 30-1 in games when leading at halftime. SMC is also 32-0 when shooting a better three point FG percentage than its opponents and 29-1 when outrebounding the opposition.
Krebs Cracks Into Starting 5
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, SMC used a different starting lineup, as Tanner Krebs started for Evan Fitzner at the four spot. The change snapped a 76 game streak of having the same starting lineup.
Naar Among Elite in Nation
Emmett Naar is second in the program’s all-time list for assists (603). The senior recorded eight assists Saturday night at California. Naar is first in the WCC and second in the country in assists per game (8.9). The senior has recorded at least seven assists in six consecutive games. He currently leads the WCC with 38.4 minutes player per game. Naar has scored in double figures in seven straight contests.
Watching the Record Book
With now 1,113 points, Naar needs just 15 points to move into 23rd in all-time scoring. With 71 assists through eightgames, Naar will need 177 more assists this season to surpass Dellavedova on all-time assists.
Calvin Hermanson has the fourth most three-pointers in program history with 196. Two more 3-pointers will move Hermanson up to third passing Frank
Landale needs just 90 made field goals to tie for 10th in program history for field-goals made (505). He also needs 164 more rebounds to have 10th most rebounds in program history.
ABOUT THE HORNETS
Sacramento State (1-6) is coming off a rough showing at the Wooden Legacy, going 0-3 during the Thanksgiving tournament. The lone win of the season came against Notre Dame de Namur.
The Hornets are led Senior forward Justin Strings. Strings is averaging 16.9 points per game in 33.7 minutes. The forward is currently averaging nearly eight boards and a block per game.
Sacramento State averages just 60.3 points per game and 16.4 turnovers per game.
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