01/20 00:38 CST Hermanson leads No. 23 Saint Mary's past Pacific 62-50
Hermanson leads No. 23 Saint Mary's past Pacific 62-50
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) --- Calvin Hermanson figured he and his teammates would get
plenty of opportunities from the perimeter with Pacific continually closing
down on Saint Mary's center Jock Landale in the post.
One of the Gaels' top 3-point shooters, Hermanson took full advantage while
leading an offensive onslaught from beyond the arc.
Hermanson scored seven of his 17 points as part of a big run in the second half
to go with four 3-pointers, and No. 23 Saint Mary's pulled away to beat Pacific
62-50 on Thursday night.
"It was a crazy game where they really were heavy converge," Hermanson said.
"They would double Jock and come on our penetrations. We did a great job of
moving the ball around, kicking out and finding the open man. When we do that
we feel like we get a great rhythm and shots go down."
Landale added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double this
season while Joe Rahon had nine points and nine assists for Saint Mary's, which
has won 10 of 11.
The Gaels (16-2, 6-1 West Coast Conference) let most of a 19-point lead slip
away and were up 35-30 early in the second half before Hermanson sparked a 17-4
run. Landale had four points during the run while Tanner Krebbs made two of his
Even then Saint Mary's struggled to close the game out, leaving coach Randy
Bennett with mixed emotions.
"I have a funny feeling on a game like that," Bennett said. "We won against a
team that's good, experienced, physical. I felt good about that. We just were
inconsistent. They made it tough for us to score, mixing defenses."
T.J. Wallace scored 13 points for Pacific. The Tigers (8-12, 2-5) have lost
eight straight and 10 of 11 in the series between the schools.
Saint Mary's finished with 13 3-pointers, one shy of its season high and three
more than the Gaels had from inside the arc.
"Saint Mary's is like Floyd Mayweather," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said.
"They're a counterpuncher. They wait until somebody makes a mistake, then they
Saint Mary's shot well early from the perimeter and had no problem after
adjusting to Pacific's zone while building a 30-11 lead with 6:40 left in the
first half. Seven of the Gaels' first 12 made baskets came from beyond the arc.
Hermanson had two while Emmett Naar added one from 30 feet.
Pacific: The Tigers put up a good fight for 24 minutes and continued to chip
away at the Gaels' big lead even as the outcome was clear. That's a good sign
for Stoudamire's young team, which fell to 0-3 against Top 25 teams this season.
Saint Mary's: The Gaels bounced back nicely after getting blown out last week
by No. 4 Gonzaga. As usual, it was the defense that paved the way. Saint Mary's
held Pacific 19 points below their season average of 69.1 points. The Gaels had
19 assists on 23 baskets.
Bennett praised the job that Stoudamire has done in his first season at Pacific
despite the below-.500 record. The Tigers' biggest problem has been a lack of
depth and scoring balance. Four players reached double figures against the
Gaels but no one else scored more than two points.
The Gaels dropped four spots after losing to Gonzaga but are in line to move
back up after losses by No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 19 Florida and No. 22 Xavier
this week. It all depends if Bennett's club can hold serve against Pepperdine
Pacific: Returns to Stockton to host BYU on Saturday.
Saint Mary's: Hosts Pepperdine on Saturday night. The Gaels have lost three of
the lost four against the Waves following a 17-game winning streak in the
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