Gaels Take on Pepperdine: Game Preview


THE GAELS

The Gaels hope to crash the Waves this afternoon at McKeon pavilion. St. Mary’s is coming off an impressive win against San Diego. They are going for their fourth straight conference win. The Gaels are now in second place in the WCC at 5-1.

In the last two games St. Mary’s defense has been impenetrable holding opponents to fewer than 50 points a game.

Against San Diego on Thursday night it was all Gaels. Beau Levesque led the offense with a season high 20 points. Levesque who’s been seeing about 21 minutes of play time is now averaging 10.4 points per game. Watch for a strong offensive performance from him off the bench. St. Mary’s bench scored 39 points against the Toreros. Kyle Rowley tied his career high with eight points. Jordan Guisti had four assists in just 20 minutes of play.  From the starters, Matthew Dellavedova had a season high 11 assists. This is just one shy of his all-time high of 12.

The Gaels won both games against the Waves last season. They last faced Pepperdine at home Jan 19th with a 61-47 victory.

Look for a competitive defensive game this afternoon as both teams are allowing just under 65 points per match-up. Defense will be the key component for both ball clubs this afternoon. “We know that if we focus on limiting their transition offense and defend the 3-point line well, we should have another great game defensively”, said Levesque.

THE WAVES

If Pepperdine is going to have a chance they will have to score early and often to shake the Gaels. The Waves are currently 2-4 in the WCC and 10-9 overall. The Waves are coming off a road win at Loyola where the Waves edged out the Lions 60-57.

For the Waves, watch sophomore guard Jordan Baker. Baker scored 21 points against the Lions, 17 came in the first half.  The Waves also have Senior guard Lorne Jackson. Jackson comes in averaging 14.3 points per game. He was strong on the boards Thursday night with five rebounds against the Lions.

The action starts at 3:00pm this afternoon. The game can be seen on Comcast Sports Bay Area. Listen live on the internet at SMCGAELS.com with Alex Jensen once again behind the Mic.

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