The Saint Mary’s Gaels sailed by the Alcorn State Braves tonight moving to 5-0 for the season. The 72-55 victory keeps the Gaels perfect at home.
The Gaels started out sluggish yet again tonight and trailed for more than nine minutes of play. With 11:41 left in the first-half, the Gaels were down 20-16. The 20 points was not a magical number for the Braves (3-2), as they would remain stuck at 20 for just over five minutes as the Gaels went on a 13-0 run. The Gaels led 29-20 with 6:22 left in the half. By the end of the half, the Gaels sent the Braves to the locker room stunned down 42-28.
The second half did not start off well for the Braves. They once again hit a sticking point at another non-magical number of 28. The Gaels started the second half with a 10-0 run in the first seven plus minutes. They led 52-28 with 12:44 to play.
The Braves were never able to get back in the game in the second half. Through solid defense led by Jordan Giusti and Solid Offense led by Kelly Carter, off the bench tonight, the Braves were never in it.
Randy Bennett, who has spent a tremendous amount of time on defensive strategy has wanted to keep opposing teams under 60 points. Tonight was a success as the Braves were held to 55. For the season, the Gaels have given up an average of 63.2 defensive points per game.
Statistically tonight, the Gaels went 25-for-58 (41.3 percent) from the floor. They were again below their season average of 48.8 percent. From threes they went 8-for-16 (50.0 percent)
Leading the way for Saint Mary’s tonight was Kerry Carter with 15. Stephen Holt had 12, and Brad Waldow had 11.
The Braves went 20-for-53 (37.7 percent) from the floor. They too were below their season average of 45.3 percent. From behind the arc, they were 5-f0r-9 (55.5 percent).
The Braves had been averaging 78.0 points on offense until tonight.
Octavious Brown led the Braves tonight with 16. Leantwan Luckett was the only other player in double digits with 12.
The Gaels play their sixth straight home game Saturday against the Murray State Racers. The Racers hope to slow the Gaels and stop a perfect season. The action starts at 7 p.m. Pacific.