The Gaels had a perfect 2-0 road trip finishing in Portland with a decisive 60-38 victory tonight. The Pilots were held to their lowest shooting percentage of the year going 10-43 just (23%) from the floor. The Gaels move to 4-1 in the WCC.
It was a struggling offensive first half at the Chiles Center for both the Gaels and Pilots. Portland called an early time out at 18:41 to re-group. Turnovers were a problem for both teams. St. Mary’s had nine, Portland had 12.
The most excitement came on back to back three pointers from Mitchell Young and Jordan page at 4:55 remaining in the half. This brought the Gaels lead to 23-9. Portland when on a 5-0 run, but could not close the gap to less than 10. It seemed the dense fog from outside penetrated into the gym causing a sluggish first half performance. The Gaels headed into the locker room up 29-19.
Statistically, for the first half, the Gaels went 11-25 from the floor (44%) below their season average of 49%. Portland went 7-24 (29%) and had a poor shooting 1st half.
For the Gaels, Matthew Dellavedova went 2-7, Steven Holt went 2-4 and Brad Waldow went 3-3. For the Pilots, John Bailey went 3-8 and Ryan Nicolas was held to just 1-5.
With less than one minute into the second half Mitchell Young got into quick foul trouble with his fourth personal and went to the bench.
The Gaels dominated the second going on a solid defensive performance.
Paul McCoy made his first appearance after three years of battling knee surgeries. McCoy was able to get one assist which set up Matt Hodgson for his first three pointer of the season.
Steve Holt said “the pace of the game was ugly, but we just had to grind it out”.
Overall tonight for the Gaels Holt led the game with 13 points. Dellavadova had 11, Waldow ended with 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double double, and Beau Levesque had 8.
For the Pilots, Bailey was held to 7 points. Nicolas was held to just 5. The Pilots fall to 1-4 in the WCC and are looking to turn around a two game losing streak at home.
The Gaels next face San Diego at home Thursday 24th at 8pm. San Diego lost their first conference game tonight against BYU and is tied now with the Gaels at 4-1 in the WCC.