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Naar, Landale lead No. 21 Saint Mary's past New Mexico State

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Emmett Naar will have the basketball in his hands more often this season as the full-time point guard for No. 21 Saint Mary's. He insists that doesn't mean he will look to score more.

However, the Australian native saw openings against New Mexico State on Monday night and took advantage.

Naar scored 22 points, Jock Landale added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Gaels pulled away to beat the Aggies 92-74.

''Now that I'm playing point guard a bit more, the ball's in my hands so there's more opportunities,'' said Naar, who shared ball handling responsibilities last year with Joe Rahon. ''I was just trying to read the game. Today they were trying to make me score, so it's going to be game by game.''

Gaels coach Randy Bennett said Naar - No. 2 on the school's career assist chart - is healthier this season after struggling with a sore knee much of last year.

''He came in last year gimpy and we just had to play him. We never had a chance to get him healthy,'' Bennett said. ''He's a different athlete this year than he was last year.''

Calvin Hermanson added 16 for Saint Mary's (2-0), which trailed by eight points in the first half when Landale was limited by two early fouls. But the senior center scored 12 points in the second half.

''I've got to be smarter about how I handle the fouls,'' Landale said. We need to have me out on the floor. There were a couple (fouls) that were pretty silly.''

Zach Lofton, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern, followed his 25-point debut against East Central, with 18 points to lead the Aggies (1-1). Al Harris and Eli Chuha contributed 13 points each as New Mexico State shot 7 for 10 on 3-pointers in the first half but just 1 for 9 after the break.

''When you play a team like Saint Mary's on the road, you have to make shots, you have to make 3's. We made `em enough early and got some confidence going,'' first-year New Mexico State coach Chris Jans said. ''In the second half the 3's were a little short.''

Naar scored 13 points in the first half.

Jans said the Aggies decided to focus defensively on the Gaels' 3-point shooters, and there was a price to pay.

''We decided to really put the onus on Naar and Landale,'' Jans said. ''We probably made a mistake - probably should have had a bigger guard on Naar.''

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico State: The Aggies' only road game before Thanksgiving provided them just the challenge they wanted. Saint Mary's returns three starters from a team that won 29 games and played in the NCAA tournament, but NMSU battled the Gaels throughout.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels dominate nonconference competition at home (78-8 past 10 seasons), but this was a legitimate test. The Aggies played in the NCAA tournament five of the past six seasons, the exception being 2016 when they nearly knocked off Saint Mary's at Moraga in the opening round of the NIT, falling 58-56.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's early and the Gaels figure to hold their spot in the Top-25.

UP NEXT

New Mexico State: Hosts New Mexico on Friday. The game figures to be more intense than usual because the Lobos are led by Paul Weir, who coached the Aggies last season.

Saint Mary's: Host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Leston Gordon made layup, assist by Gabe Hadley 23.0
+ 1 Jock Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
+ 1 Jock Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Personal foul on Leston Gordon 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Jock Perry 42.0
  Kortrijk Miles missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
+ 3 Cullen Neal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Hunter 1:18
  Turnover on Jemerrio Jones 1:40
  Defensive rebound by Jemerrio Jones 1:40
  Jordan Hunter missed layup 1:41
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Hunter 1:48
Team Stats
Points 74 92
Field Goals 28-56 (50.0%) 33-60 (55.0%)
3-Pointers 8-21 (38.1%) 7-14 (50.0%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 19-26 (73.1%)
Total Rebounds 28 34
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 20 23
Team 2 1
Assists 12 15
Steals 0 2
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 8 4
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
23
Z. Lofton G
18 PTS, 2 REB
home team logo
3
E. Naar G
22 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo New Mex. St. 1-1 423274
home team logo21 St. Mary's 2-0474592
Team Stats
away team logoNew Mex. St. 1-1 76.7 PPG 48.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo21 St. Mary's 2-0 83.0 PPG 33.8 RPG 18.5 APG
Key Players
23
Z. Lofton G 23.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 1.3 APG 56.1 FG%
3
E. Naar G 12.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 9.5 APG 56.4 FG%
Top Scorers
23
Z. Lofton G 18 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
3
E. Naar G 22 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
50.0 FG% 55.0
38.1 3PT FG% 50.0
76.9 FT% 73.1
New Mex. St.
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 25 18 2 0 0 1 1 2 6/11 3/5 3/3 0 2
A. Harris 32 13 1 4 0 0 0 2 5/8 3/6 0/0 0 1
J. Jones 32 11 10 2 0 1 3 4 5/9 0/2 1/2 5 5
J. Wilkins 14 7 1 1 0 0 1 4 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 1
S. N'Dir 30 6 4 2 0 0 1 3 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Z. Lofton 25 18 2 0 0 1 1 2 6/11 3/5 3/3 0 2
A. Harris 32 13 1 4 0 0 0 2 5/8 3/6 0/0 0 1
J. Jones 32 11 10 2 0 1 3 4 5/9 0/2 1/2 5 5
J. Wilkins 14 7 1 1 0 0 1 4 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 1
S. N'Dir 30 6 4 2 0 0 1 3 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Chuha 24 13 6 0 0 0 1 3 4/12 1/3 4/6 1 5
J. McCants 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 1
L. Gordon 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Garza 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Buchanan 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
G. Hadley 12 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
K. Miles 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 26 12 0 2 8 20 28/56 8/21 10/13 6 20
St. Mary's
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Naar 37 22 3 5 0 0 0 1 10/16 1/1 1/2 1 2
J. Landale 28 20 10 4 0 0 2 3 8/13 0/0 4/8 4 6
C. Hermanson 34 16 2 1 0 0 0 3 5/7 1/3 5/6 0 2
E. Fitzner 19 8 4 0 0 0 0 3 3/6 2/2 0/0 2 2
J. Ford 17 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 2/5 1/1 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Naar 37 22 3 5 0 0 0 1 10/16 1/1 1/2 1 2
J. Landale 28 20 10 4 0 0 2 3 8/13 0/0 4/8 4 6
C. Hermanson 34 16 2 1 0 0 0 3 5/7 1/3 5/6 0 2
E. Fitzner 19 8 4 0 0 0 0 3 3/6 2/2 0/0 2 2
J. Ford 17 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 2/5 1/1 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Neal 20 12 1 1 0 0 1 0 4/8 1/5 3/3 1 0
T. Krebs 25 5 8 1 0 1 0 1 1/2 1/2 2/2 1 7
J. Hunter 11 2 4 1 0 0 1 2 0/3 0/0 2/3 1 3
J. Perry 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 1
T. Kuhse 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Thomas 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 92 33 15 2 1 4 14 33/60 7/14 19/26 10 23