The Gaels won their 4th straight conference game today at McKeon Pavilion against Pepperdine in a solid 84-72 victory. St. Mary’s moves to 6-1 in the WCC and 17-4 overall. Pepperdine drops to 2-5 in the WCC and 10-10 overall.
Offense played the bigger role in the 1st half today. Leading the scoring was Beau Levesque going a perfect 7-7 from the floor for 15 1st half points. Steven Holt went 4-7 for 12 points, and Matthew Dellavedova had six assists. The Gaels bench scored 20 of their 49 total. 26 points were scored in the paint. Pepperdine scored 12 from the paint and their bench had just six points.
For the Waves in the 1st half, Lorne Jackson went 4-9 for 10 points. Jordan Baker led the Wave offense going 5-8 for 11 points.
Pepperdine led 8-7 with 16:46 in the 1st half and never had the lead again. With 11:25 left, the Gaels lead increased to 25-16. Towards the end of the half, the Gaels went on a 10-3 run forcing at late time out by Pepperdine with just 34.9 seconds left. The Gaels took the half 49-40.
Overall 1st half statistics had the Gaels at 21-31 (64.5%) from the floor and Pepperdine 16-29 (55.2%). From behind the line, the Gaels went 5-9 one better than Pepperdine at 4-9.
In the second half, Pepperdine applied full court pressure. The Gaels continued to break the Waves with continued strong offense. At 7:09 left in the game, Jordan Giusti hit a three broadening the Gael lead to 73-56. This forced a Wave time out.
Leading the Gaels in Offense tonight was Beau Levesque with 19. Levesque said, “our offense starts with number four (Dellavedova) and we work to help him out”. Steven Holt ended the night with 17 points. Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 with 10 assists for a double-double. Dellavedova out- assisted the entire Pepperdine team that managed 9. Also in double figures were Brad Waldow with 13 points and Mitchell Young with 12 points.
For Pepperdine, Baker led the way going 8-15 for 20 points and Jackson went 6-13 for 16 points. Both were above their season averages.
When asked about the overall performance of the Gaels, Coach Bennett said, “we took a step backwards defense wise tonight”. Watch for a strong defensive game wed night Jan 30, 2013 when the Gaels go on the road to face USF.