Saint Mary's-CA (14-4) at Portland (8-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 10:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Chiles Center (4,852) -- Portland, Oregon.
Television: ROOT-NW. Home Record: SMC 10-0, Portland 6-3. Away Record: SMC
3-2, Portland 1-7. Neutral Record: SMC 1-2, Portland 1-1. Conference Record:
SMC 3-1, Portland 1-3. Series Record: Saint Mary's-CA leads, 54-29.
GAME NOTES: Coming off one of the most exciting wins in recent memory, the
Saint Mary's-CA Gaels shoot for a third straight win on Saturday night as they
clash with the Portland Pilots at the Chiles Center.
Pitted against BYU at the Marriott Center on Wednesday night, the Gaels fell
behind by two points late, but Matthew Dellavedova reached cult status for SMC
as he raced down the floor and released a game-winning 3-pointer from just
inside half court to give the visitors the incredible 70-69 victory. The win
was the sixth in the last seven outings for the program, which is now 3-1 in
As for the Pilots, they were matched up against No. 8 Gonzaga at home two
nights ago, but the hometown crowd wasn't nearly enough to keep Portland
competitive as the team suffered a lopsided 71-49 defeat. The loss was the
fourth in five games for the Pilots, who are 1-3 in conference play as a
In a relationship that dates back to 1950, the Gaels own a 54-29 advantage
over Portland entering action on Saturday. SMC, which is set to host the
Pilots early next month, has won three straight, the most recent meeting being
a complete blow out last season, 70-43.
Dellavedova converted 3-of-8 shots beyond the arc on Wednesday night,
finishing with 18 points to go along with eight assists in one of the more
exciting endings of the season in college basketball thus far. Stephen Holt
was the top scorer overall for the Gaels with 22 points, followed by James
Walker III and Mitchell Young with 13 and 10 points, respectively, with both
clearing seven rebounds. Saint Mary's survived despite allowing the Cougars to
shoot 52.9 percent from the floor. The face of the program for the last
several years, Dellavedova leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg, shooting
not just 40 percent beyond the arc but also an even 90 percent at the free-
throw line. Just as important is the fact that the star guard has handed out
117 assists, against just 50 turnovers, over 18 starts. Holt (12.9 ppg) is
also a key figure on offense for a group that is outscoring the competition by
more than 11 ppg.
Kevin Bailey was an efficient 7-of-8 from the floor as he finished with a
team-best 16 points two nights ago, but he needed much more help if the Pilots
hoped to be competitive against Gonzaga. Oskars Reinfelds was responsible for
another 12 points and Ryan Nicholas seven and eight boards, but the team was
charged with 17 turnovers, shot only 3-of-10 behind the three-point line, and
was topped on the glass by a 36-22 margin. Nicholas, who is shooting 40.9
percent from the field, is always a threat to turn in a double-double effort
as he averages 13.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the Pilots. Bailey
steps up with 12.3 ppg as the only other double-digit scorer on a squad that
is posting a mere 61.1 ppg. Defensively, Portland has held the opposition to
65.3 ppg and 41.0 percent accuracy from the floor to make things interesting.
With the high that the Gaels are coming off there's a chance for a let down
this weekend, but you can be sure that Dellavedova will keep his teammates
from falling into that trap.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Mary's-CA 72, Portland 61
01/19 10:39:49 ET
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