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San Francisco rallies to upset No. 15 Saint Mary's 70-63

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett is convinced of one thing with three games left before the postseason begins: The 15th-ranked Gaels better find a way to score when Jock Landale is on the bench or they're not going very far.

Back-to-back losses drove that point home clearly.

Frankie Ferrari made a key 3-pointer as part of a big San Francisco run late in the second half, added a clinching layup with 58.5 seconds remaining and the Dons held on to beat Saint Mary's 70-63 on Thursday.

''We didn't score well when (Landale) wasn't in,'' Bennett said. ''We have to play better when we're without him.''

That hadn't been a problem for the Gaels until recently.

Landale, who leads the West Coast Conference in scoring and rebounding, was held to just four shots and two buckets in a 78-65 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. Against San Francisco, the Gaels big man had 19 points before fouling out with 1:41 remaining. Landale made six of his first seven shots, but went 0 for 5 in the second half.

''It just felt like we lost a bit of rhythm both offensively and defensively,'' Saint Mary's point guard Emmett Naar said. ''We want to be able to separate and you do that by getting two, three stops in a row but it felt like we could never do that. We might get one and then they'd score.''

Ferrari finished with 20 points and seven assists, Jordan Ratinho scored 13 points and Jimbo Lull had 10 points and seven rebounds to help San Francisco (15-13, 7-8 West Coast Conference) to its first win in five games against ranked opponents this season.

It was a bitter loss for the Gaels (24-4, 13-2), who dropped their second straight and fell a game behind No. 9 Gonzaga in the WCC. Saint Mary's back-to-back losses have come on the heels of a 19-game winning streak that was the longest in the nation.

It's the first win by San Francisco coach Kyle Smith in four attempts against his former mentor Bennett.

''It didn't really register in my mind but there was a little bit like maybe these guys just might have our number or something,'' Smith said ''But we hung in there.''

Landale sat out 5 1/2 minutes earlier in the second half after picking up his fourth foul 18 seconds after fellow starter Jordan Ford was whistled for his fourth.

The Gaels trailed 48-47 and were still down by one when Landale checked back in with 4:57 remaining.

Ferrari had a 17-foot jumper that put the Dons up by three, then made a key 3-pointer after Landale made two free throws to pull the Gaels within 59-58. Landale fouled out moments later.

San Francisco ended a seven-game losing streak to its Northern California rivals. The Dons had lost 24 of the previous 25 games between the teams.

''For the program it's huge,'' Ferrari said. ''Obviously, St. Mary's has gotten the best of USF over the past few years so it's nice to get one, especially at home, in front of the fans.''

Saint Mary's got off to a quick start behind Landale, who become the fifth player in school history to score 1,500 career points with 700 rebounds.

He had 15 points in the first 12 minutes. Three of his early buckets came off dunks, including a soaring two-hander down the lane.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: With three games left the Gaels will need some help if they are going to have a shot at the league championship. Landale's foul troubles were an issue but his ineffectiveness in the paint in the second half was even more so.

San Francisco: The Dons showed a lot of growth the last two weeks, but it was their grit that put them over the top. Coming off a tough overtime loss to BYU, San Francisco never let Saint Mary's get comfortable down low and took advantage whenever Landale was out.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Saint Mary's dropped four spots in the poll after losing to Gonzaga last week. The fall is likely to be much more severe next week, even if the Gaels win their next game.

BLOCK FOR A BLOCK

Saint Mary's backup center Jordan Hunter had a shot blocked by San Francisco 7-footer Jimbo Lull late in the first half but got redemption in the second half when he came from behind to swat a shot by Lull.

UP NEXT

Saint Mary's: Play at Portland on Saturday.

San Francisco: Hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

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Key Players
E. Naar
F. Ferrari
27.9 Min. Per Game 27.9
11.1 Pts. Per Game 11.1
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
2.3 Reb. Per Game 2.3
49.1 Field Goal % 40.7
38.6 Three Point % 36.8
83.9 Free Throw % 80.5
  Defensive rebound by Evan Fitzner 4.0
  Chase Foster missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Chase Foster missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Elijah Thomas 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Chase Foster 5.0
  Tanner Krebs missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Chase Foster made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
  Chase Foster missed 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Calvin Hermanson 12.0
+ 2 Calvin Hermanson made tip-in 12.0
  Offensive rebound by Calvin Hermanson 13.0
Team Stats
Points 63 70
Field Goals 24-56 (42.9%) 23-50 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 4-14 (28.6%) 6-15 (40.0%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 18-29 (62.1%)
Total Rebounds 34 33
Offensive 5 5
Defensive 24 26
Team 5 2
Assists 7 17
Steals 3 2
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 9 7
Fouls 22 17
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
12T
away team logo 15 Saint Mary's 24-4 382563
home team logo San Francisco 15-13 353570
Team Stats
away team logo 15 Saint Mary's 24-4 77.0 PPG 35.8 RPG 15.5 APG
home team logo San Francisco 15-13 68.8 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
34
J. Landale C 21.1 PPG 10.2 RPG 2.0 APG 64.0 FG%
2
F. Ferrari G 11.4 PPG 2.5 RPG 4.6 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Landale C 19 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
F. Ferrari G 20 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
42.9 FG% 46.0
28.6 3PT FG% 40.0
73.3 FT% 62.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 27 19 4 2 0 2 4 5 6/12 0/0 7/8 0 4
E. Naar 40 16 0 5 0 0 3 0 7/17 2/6 0/0 0 0
C. Hermanson 40 4 6 0 2 0 1 3 2/9 0/2 0/0 2 4
T. Krebs 19 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 1/2 0/1 0/1 1 3
J. Ford 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 27 19 4 2 0 2 4 5 6/12 0/0 7/8 0 4
E. Naar 40 16 0 5 0 0 3 0 7/17 2/6 0/0 0 0
C. Hermanson 40 4 6 0 2 0 1 3 2/9 0/2 0/0 2 4
T. Krebs 19 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 1/2 0/1 0/1 1 3
J. Ford 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Fitzner 29 17 5 0 0 1 1 1 6/8 2/3 3/4 1 4
J. Hunter 13 3 3 0 0 4 0 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 3
C. Neal 9 0 5 0 1 0 0 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 4
E. Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kuhse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 29 7 3 7 9 22 24/56 4/14 11/15 5 24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 36 20 4 7 1 0 2 1 7/11 2/2 4/5 1 3
J. Ratinho 38 13 4 1 0 0 0 1 5/8 3/3 0/0 2 2
M. McCarthy 20 9 5 2 1 0 3 5 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 4
C. Foster 34 8 5 4 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/3 6/10 1 4
N. Renfro 33 4 5 1 0 3 1 3 1/6 0/3 2/5 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 36 20 4 7 1 0 2 1 7/11 2/2 4/5 1 3
J. Ratinho 38 13 4 1 0 0 0 1 5/8 3/3 0/0 2 2
M. McCarthy 20 9 5 2 1 0 3 5 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 4
C. Foster 34 8 5 4 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/3 6/10 1 4
N. Renfro 33 4 5 1 0 3 1 3 1/6 0/3 2/5 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Lull 18 10 7 1 0 1 0 5 4/9 0/1 2/3 0 7
R. Raitanen 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0
S. Boum 8 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0/2 0/1 3/4 0 1
E. Poulsen 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Loew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Djordjevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Minlend - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bouyea - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jurkatamm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Orlich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Pasache - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 70 31 17 2 5 7 17 23/50 6/15 18/29 5 26