Matthew Dellavedova’s 17 points helped the St. Mary’s Gaels defeat the Loyola Marymount Lions 74-61 in their WCC opener.
The Gaels clung to a 33-30 lead at the half, as neither side was able to pull away. Despite scoring the first seven points of the game, St. Mary’s allowed a 9-2 run from the Lions, and the see-saw battle continued from there. However, Jordan Giusti’s buzzer-beating three pointer gave the Gaels the lead at halftime.
St. Mary’s finally gained the separation they that needed in the second half thanks to an 8-0 run midway through. James Walker III made two three-pointers during that stretch. Mitchell Young’s layup with 4:41 remaining gave the Gaels a double-digit lead at 63-53, and they would cruise to victory over Loyola Marymount at home.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We just really wanted to get a good start to conference,” said Dellavedova. “We knew they were going to be physical, so we just wanted to come out and be more ready to play.”
The Gaels are now 1-0 in conference play and 12-3 overall. They will travel north to play the 10th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs on Thursday in a challenging matchup.