MBK | Gaels Look to Win Third Straight, Host Seattle Saturday
Saint Mary's will host Seattle for a non-conference matchup Saturday evening at 5 p.m. PST.
Game 10: vs Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 9, 5:00 p.m.
McKeon Pavilion (Capacity, 3,500)
All-time Series: Seattle leads 22-8
Last Meeting: 1/2/1987 McKeon Pavilion (W, 90-63)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
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Gaels Take Down Hornets
Saint Mary’s won its second consecutive game Monday night, defeating Sacramento State, 70-54. The Gaels outshot the Hornets, 46.3 percent compared to just 40.7 percent from the floor, and outrebounded the undersized Hornets, 40-24. The Gaels led for over 34 minutes of the game after using a 14-2, and 10-0 run in the first half. SMC has won 10 of the last 11 matchups versus the Hornets.
Jock Landale finished with career-high 37 points and 18 rebounds Monday night versus Sacramento State. The senior scored at least 30 points for the second time this season, and leads the WCC in points per game (21.4). The senior is just seven points away from cracking the top 25 all-time in points scored. With seven more points, Landale will pass Jerry West (1,096 points).
Spending the Holidays Home
Playing their first home game in 19 days on Monday night, SMC will stick around for four consecutive home contests (Dec. 16 vs UC Irvine, Dec. 19 vs Dayton, Dec. 22 vs UNC Asheville and Dec. 28 vs Loyola Marymount).
Winter White Out Versus Dayton
On Dec. 19, SMC will host mid-major powerhouse Dayton in now a televised contest on NBC Sports Bay Area. The game will feature a “white out”, with white t-shirts handed to the fans.
Dating back to 2016-17, the Gaels are an impressive 31-1 in games when leading at halftime. SMC is also 32-0 when shooting a better three point FG percentage than its opponents and 30-1 when outrebounding the opposition.
First Meeting Since 1987
SMC and Seattle will meet for the first time since Jan. 2, 1987. The Redhawks won seven straight matchups from 1960-72, while the Gaels have won the last three meetings.
Krebs Making an Impact
SMC used a different starting lineup, as Tanner Krebs started for Evan Fitzner at the four spot versus California. The lineup change has early results, as the team is allowing just 58.5 points per game over the past two games.
Krebs is averaging just 3.5 points over the two games, but is helping on the boards with 10.0 rebounds. The redshirt sophomore is averaging 36.5 minutes per game over the past two games versus Cal and Sacramento State.
Gaels Receiving Votes
Despite being outside the top-25 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, Saint Mary’s is still receiving votes in the coaches poll. This past Monday, the Gaels received 10 votes in the coaches poll.
Naar Among Elite in Nation
Emmett Naar is 2nd in the program’s all-time list for assists (611). The senior recorded eight assists Monday night. Naar is first in the WCC and second in the country in assists per game (8.8).
The senior has recorded at least seven assists in seven consecutive games. He currently leads the WCC with 38.4 minutes player per game (4th in NCAA). Naar has scored in double figures in seven out of the nine games. He is also 15th in the WCC in points per game, and first in assist-turnover ratio at 4.4 (11th in NCAA). Naar is 13th in the WCC in points per game, and sixth in FT percentage.
Watching the Record Book
With now 1,120 points, Naar needs just eight points to move into 23rd in all-time scoring. With 79 assists through nine games, Naar will need 169 more assists this season to surpass Dellavedova on all-time assists.
Calvin Hermanson has the third most three-pointers in program history with 198. Hermanson will become just the third Gael to have at least 200 three-pointers made in his career.
Landale needs just 76 made field goals to tie for 10th in program history for field-goals made (505). He also needs 146 more rebounds to have 10th most rebounds in program history.
The Redhawks are 6-4 through their first 10 games. This marks the best record through 10 games since the 2013-14 season when the Redhawks began 7-3.
Junior center Aaron Menzies poured in 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Redhawks’ 99-69 win over Pacific Lutheran on Dec. 4. The numbers were just shy of his career highs of 35 points and 16 boards. The double-double was his fourth of the season.
Matej Kavas was named WAC Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3. The Ljubljana, Slovenia, native averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 56.4 percent from the field to lead Seattle U to a perfect 3-0 record during the span. It was the first such honor of his career.
Seattle U is averaging a WAC best 81.1 ppg. That mark includes two games where they have surpassed the century mark, as well as a 99-point effort.
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