MBK | Gaels Travel to BYU for WCC Clash
Saint Mary's will face BYU on Saturday for a 1 p.m. PST tipoff on ESPNU.
Game 15: vs BYU (12-2), Saturday, Dec. 30, 1:00 p.m. PST
Marriott Center (Capacity, 18,987)
All-time Series: 11-12
Eric Rothman (PxP), Adrian Branch(Color)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
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Hot Shooting Tames Lions in Season Opener
Saint Mary’s (12-2, 1-0 WCC) could not miss Thursday night, shooting a season-best 62 percent while getting contributions from nearly the whole roster in an 87-59 blowout of Loyola Marymount in each team’s West Coast Conference opener at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels would lead by at least 20 points for all but 25 seconds to halftime, and all but 35 seconds in the entire second half. 11 different Gaels scored a point for Saint Mary’s and three players scored in double-figure points.
Jock Doing Jock Things
Jock Landale has seven double-doubles this season, and nearly notched his sixth in a row after posting 21 points and nine boards versus LMU. The big man has scored in double-digits in 21 consecutive games dating back to 2016-17 season. Landale currently leads the WCC in points (21.2), rebounds (9.6) and field-goal percentage (64.3). The senior is also second in offensive rebounds (3.4) and third in the WCC in defensive rebounds (6.2). Landale leads the country in field-goals made (119).
Three Going on Four
SMC swept BYU last season, winning all three matchups by an average margin of 19 points. With a win on Saturday, the Gaels would beat BYU four consecutive times for just the second time in program history (12/29/11-2/21/13). Versus BYU, the Gaels are 4-9 on the road, 6-2 at home, and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
Winning Streaks on the Line
Saturday’s match will feature two of the hottest teams in the WCC. SMC is riding a seven-game win streak, while BYU is on a nine game win streak. The last time the Gaels won at least eight consecutive games was from 12/11/16-1/12/17.
More Dishes from Naar
Emmett Naar is 2nd in the program’s all-time list for assists (659). Naar is first in the WCC and second in the country in assists per game (9.1). The senior has recorded at least seven assists in 12 consecutive games. He currently leads the WCC with 36.9 minutes player per game (17th in NCAA). The senior is first in assist-turnover ratio at 3.9 (8th in NCAA).
About the Cougars
BYU has won nine-straight games, its longest winning streak since 2010-11 when the Cougars had a pair of 10-game winning streaks.
In the WCC opener against Portland, Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs each had double-doubles. Bryant scored 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting while securing a career-best 15 rebounds, while Childs scored a career-best 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting and added a season-best 13 rebounds. It was the first time this season two Cougars had double-doubles in the same game.
BYU’s 2017-18 roster includes three players who etched their names in the BYU record book during their freshman seasons. Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws were freshmen in 2016-17 while Zac Seljaas was a rookie in 2015-16. All three are back this season, looking to build on their record-setting freshman campaigns. Childs finished his freshman year first all-time among BYU freshmen in rebounds and second in rebounds per game, blocks, blocks per game and field goal percentage.
Haws concluded his first year second all-time among BYU freshmen in three-point field goals, fourth in points scored, fifth in assists, tied for first in games started and third in double figure scoring games. Seljaas finished the 2015-16 season first all-time among BYU freshmen in three-point field goal percentage, second in three-point field goals, second in three-point field goals per game, second in games with three-plus three-point field goals and tied for second most games with five-plus three-pointers.
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