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Saint Mary's gets back on track with 74-63 win over Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Getting knocked out of the Top 25 didn't bother Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett as much as losing back-to-back games.

Jordan Ford helped make sure the streak didn't reach three with what was easily his best game of the season on a night when Gaels leading scorer Jock Landale didn't factor much in the outcome.

Ford scored a career-high 17 points with six rebounds and Saint Mary's beat California 74-63 on Saturday night.

''I saw they were kind of playing the pass when I would drive so that opened it up for me to get the ball in the rim,'' Ford said. ''We have so many good shooters that we can get to the rim and (defenses) can't help in on us.''

Calvin Hermanson added 22 points with four 3-pointers, Emmett Naar had 13 points and eight assists and Landale scored 13 points with six rebounds for the Gaels (6-2).

Saint Mary's had one of its best offensive games of the season to bounce back after falling out of the rankings following back-to-back losses to Washington State and Georgia.

Landale wasn't much of a factor most of the night. He made 5 of 8 shots but had trouble in the paint against Cal's two big men, 7-foot-1 center Kingsley Okoroh and 6-11 forward Marcus Lee.

Ford helped pick up the slack on both ends of the floor. The Saint Mary's sophomore held Darius McNeill to a season-low three points after he reached double figures in his previous five games.

''Jordan played well,'' Bennett said. ''I just think he's growing as a player into his role, which is a pretty big role. He did a really good job on McNeill. I think that was the difference. We defended their guards pretty well.''

It was only the second game between the two Northern California schools in the last 12 years.

Lee scored a career-high 23 points and Nick Hamilton added 16 for the Golden Bears (3-5). Cal, which never led, has dropped four of five.

''We built ourselves a hole from the jump and didn't come out with the kind of energy I expect us to,'' Bears first-year coach Wyking Jones said. ''Seemed like every time we started making a run they'd make a play. We couldn't rattle them.''

Saint Mary's pulled away with a 17-6 run late in the first half and was ahead by double digits most of the way until California made a brief run late in the second half.

Lee scored to cut the gap to 65-55, but Naar made a deep 3-pointer and the Gaels made six consecutive free throws to close it out.

FRESHMEN STRUGGLES

McNeill and Justice Sueing had been pivotal for Cal's offense recently but the two freshmen shot a combined 3 of 12, all three makes coming from beyond the arc.

''We looked young out there today,'' Jones said. ''Our guys are going to have to figure it out. Hopefully they get accustomed to it as we play games like this.''

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: The Gaels weren't reeling after getting knocked out of the rankings, but they needed a game to feel good about and this was it. The fact that they won without much from Landale has to make coach Randy Bennett feel good. Ford was the X-factor in many ways and gave Saint Mary's defense a much-needed lift along the way.

California: The Bears had some success early with their half-court trap, an encouraging sign for a team that has not been sharp defensively much of the year. Another bright spot was Lee, who shot 10 of 14 from the floor and was aggressive much of the night. The big difference was at the free-throw line. Saint Mary's went 18 of 21 from the stripe, while Cal was just 6 of 11. Jones also said his team got too anxious after falling behind early.

UP NEXT

Saint Mary's: Begins a six-game homestand Monday against Sacramento State.

California: The Bears host Central Arkansas on Wednesday.

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Key Players
E. Naar
D. Coleman
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
26.4 Pts. Per Game 26.4
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
52.4 Field Goal % 42.2
44.4 Three Point % 35.7
85.2 Free Throw % 69.1
+ 2 Nick Hamilton made driving layup 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Darius McNeill 13.0
  Jordan Ford missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
+ 3 Nick Hamilton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius McNeill 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Lee 55.0
  Tanner Krebs missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Thomas 1:26
  Nick Hamilton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:26
  Nick Hamilton missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:26
  Shooting foul on Jock Landale 1:26
+ 1 Emmett Naar made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:36
Team Stats
Points 74 63
Field Goals 25-51 (49.0%) 26-53 (49.1%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 5-14 (35.7%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 6-11 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 30 26
Offensive 6 5
Defensive 23 17
Team 1 4
Assists 12 15
Steals 4 3
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 9 12
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 2 REB
23 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo St. Mary's 6-2 443074
home team logo California 3-5 303363
Team Stats
away team logo St. Mary's 6-2 72.4 PPG 37.2 RPG 10.0 APG
home team logo California 3-5 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
Key Players
00
C. Hermanson F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
M. Lee F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Hermanson F 22 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
M. Lee F 23 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
49.0 FG% 49.1
31.6 3PT FG% 35.7
85.7 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Hermanson 22 2 0 8/13 4/7 2/2 4 33 1 1 2 1 1
J. Ford 17 6 2 7/14 1/4 2/3 0 35 0 0 1 0 6
J. Landale 13 6 0 5/8 0/0 3/4 5 27 1 0 1 3 3
E. Naar 13 1 8 2/3 1/2 8/8 2 38 2 0 4 0 1
T. Krebs 2 11 1 0/7 0/4 2/2 2 37 0 2 0 1 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Hermanson 22 2 0 8/13 4/7 2/2 4 33 1 1 2 1 1
J. Ford 17 6 2 7/14 1/4 2/3 0 35 0 0 1 0 6
J. Landale 13 6 0 5/8 0/0 3/4 5 27 1 0 1 3 3
E. Naar 13 1 8 2/3 1/2 8/8 2 38 2 0 4 0 1
T. Krebs 2 11 1 0/7 0/4 2/2 2 37 0 2 0 1 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hunter 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 2 13 0 0 1 1 0
E. Fitzner 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 1
C. Neal 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
E. Thomas 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kuhse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 29 12 25/51 6/19 18/21 17 200 4 3 9 6 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Lee 23 6 3 10/14 0/0 3/3 4 34 1 2 3 2 4
D. Coleman 8 1 4 3/16 0/3 2/4 4 36 0 0 0 0 1
J. Sueing 7 4 2 2/5 2/4 1/2 1 34 2 1 4 2 2
D. McNeill 3 5 3 1/7 1/5 0/0 1 38 0 0 2 0 5
J. Harris-Dyson 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 1 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Lee 23 6 3 10/14 0/0 3/3 4 34 1 2 3 2 4
D. Coleman 8 1 4 3/16 0/3 2/4 4 36 0 0 0 0 1
J. Sueing 7 4 2 2/5 2/4 1/2 1 34 2 1 4 2 2
D. McNeill 3 5 3 1/7 1/5 0/0 1 38 0 0 2 0 5
J. Harris-Dyson 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 1 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Hamilton 16 3 2 7/7 2/2 0/2 3 31 0 0 0 1 2
K. Okoroh 4 1 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 2 0 0 1
G. Anticevich 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. McCullough 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Winston 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 22 15 26/53 5/14 6/11 16 200 3 6 12 5 17