The Saint Mary’s Gaels got off to one of their typical slow starts from last season, but shook off the cobwebs for an 83-70 season-opening win over Louisiana Tech at McKeon Pavilion Friday night.
In what seemed like a time warp to some of last season’s games, the Saint Mary’s Gaels got off to a very slow start in their season opener at McKeon Pavilion Friday night. Although they took the initial lead 2-0 in the first half, they wouldn’t lead again until 3:32 remaining when they went up 29-27. The Gaels came alive and sent the Bulldogs to the locker room up 38-34.
Statistically with 11:36 to play in the half, the Gaels had shot 5-for-14 (36 percent) from the floor compared to the Bulldogs 6-for-10 (60 percent). The Gaels were down 16-11.
By the end of the half, the Gaels shooting improved to 15-for-32 (47 percent) from the floor and were 4-for-8 (50 percent) from behind the arc. The Bulldogs finished the half 13-for-25 (52 percent) from the floor and were 3-for-8 (38 percent) from 3-point land.
Leading the way in the first half for St. Mary’s was Brad Waldow with 13. Stephen Holt had five. For Louisiana Tech, Raheem Appleby had 11 and Alex Hamilton put up eight.
The second half was all Gaels. The turning point of the game came off a Stephen Holt 3-pointer with 14:44 to play in the game. This brought the Gaels to a 51-44 lead. The Bulldogs were never back in the game.
For the game, the Gaels finished the night going 29-for-55 (52.7 percent) from the floor and were 7-for-14 (50 percent) from 3-point territory. The Bulldogs ended going 24-for-53 (45.2 percent) from the floor and were just 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from behind the arc. The Gaels bench had 14. The Bulldog bench had 16.
Leading the way for the Gaels was Waldow with 28 points and eight rebounds. Holt had 18 also with eight rebounds. Beau Levesque put up 11.
Jordan Giusti saw 34 minutes of play and said, “Our toughness is our backbone. We will do whatever it takes to win.”
They certainly showed their toughness by coming back to a solid victory tonight.
For the Bulldogs, Appleby had 18, Chris Anderson had 15 and Hamilton had 13.
The Gaels next face Akron at home Tuesday morning at midnight.