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No. 15 Saint Mary's pulls away to beat Portland 73-61

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett eyed the final stats before heading into the locker room.

''We needed that one,'' he said.

Jock Landale had 23 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Saint Mary's rebounded from a pair of losses with a 73-61 victory over Portland on Saturday night.

Tanner Krebs added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Gaels (25-4, 14-2 West Coast Conference), who have won seven straight against the Pilots (10-19, 4-12). With the victory, Saint Mary's has its third straight 25-win season.

But the Gaels were hurt late in the second half when starting guard Emmett Naar left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.

Marcus Shaver Jr. had 15 points for Portland, which has dropped four straight games.

The Gaels sit in second in the West Coast Conference standings behind Gonzaga (25-4, 15-1) with just two more regular-season games to go. The conference championship tournament is set to start March 1 in Las Vegas.

The Pilots are eighth place in the 10-team conference, ahead of Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

The Gaels lost their last two after a school-record 19-game winning streak. Saint Mary's fell at home to then-No. 12 Gonzaga 78-65 before getting upset at San Francisco, 70-63 on Thursday night.

''As much as there is a must-win, it was pretty important,'' Bennett said about Saturday night's result.

The Pilots were coming off an 81-72 loss at home Thursday to Santa Clara. Coach Terry Porter said he continues to see progress with his young team.

''I think the next step for us is getting the stops at crucial stretches, at the end of games,'' Porter said. ''Then offensively, I think these last games we've done some good things, we've just got to continue to make plays.''

Calvin Hermanson, a local standout from Lake Oswego, Oregon, hit a 3-pointer to put Saint Mary's up 18-11 over Portland midway through the first half.

Portland closed the gap, tying it at 21 on a pair of free throws from JoJo Walker, then took the lead on Joseph Smoyer's jumper. The Pilots were unable to extend the lead by more than a basket, and the Gaels led 36-31 at the half. Landale led all scorers with 10 points for Saint Mary's.

Late in the half Naar went to the locker room with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. Naar, a starter from Sydney Australia, was averaging 10.6 points, 8.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds going into the game.

Bennett did not have an update on his status after the game.

Saint Mary's appeared to be pulling away in the second half, going up 43-38 on Tanner Krebs' jumper and free throw, but Walker's 3-pointer got the Pilots within 46-43.

A pair of free throws from Krebs put the Gaels up 57-49, their biggest lead to that point.

There were some fireworks with 5:11 left when Portland center Phillip Hartwich got a technical and fouled out. Coach Terry Porter reacted angrily, also earning a tech. Krebs made all four shots to put Saint Mary's ahead 63-53 and Portland couldn't catch up.

The 10-point lead gave the Gaels some breathing room, Hermanson said.

''I don't know if it was stuff they did, but we just didn't play really well in that first half,'' Hermanson said. ''We missed a lot of layups - I missed a layup at the beginning of the game - Jock missed some shots he usually doesn't miss. We just didn't shoot well from the 3 tonight, which is kind of uncharacteristic for us.''

The Gaels have not lost at Portland since Jan. 29, 2011.

''I think they're pretty good, they're playing well. I know they don't have a lot to show for it, but they played Pacific very close, controlled that game,'' Bennett said about the Pilots. ''They're young guys are getting older, getting better. They've got to hang in there and be patient. But they're pretty good.''

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: It was the last college appearance of Hermanson before a hometown crowd. The 6-foot-6 forward grew up in Lake Oswego, just south of Portland. He was just the third player in the state to earn two Gatorade Player of the Year awards, joining Tyler Manlove and Kevin Love.

''I had a lot of friends and family here to support us, It was pretty big-time,'' he said. ''It makes me feel at home when I play here.''

Portland: Pilots still need one more win to equal last season's total in coach Porter's first season, but they've already doubled their conference wins.

UP NEXT

Saint Mary's wraps up the season at home against Pepperdine on Thursday and Santa Clara next Saturday.

The Pilots host BYU on Thursday before finishing the season at Pepperdine.

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Key Players
E. Naar
3 G
P. Hartwich
15 C
27.1 Min. Per Game 27.1
5.5 Pts. Per Game 5.5
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
49.5 Field Goal % 66.7
38.6 Three Point %
83.9 Free Throw % 29.2
  Defensive rebound by Cullen Neal 24.0
  Josh McSwiggan missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Tahirou Diabate 32.0
  Calvin Hermanson missed 3-pt. jump shot 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Tanner Krebs 57.0
  Marcus Shaver Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Calvin Hermanson 59.0
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Shaver Jr. 1:03
  Tanner Krebs missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
+ 1 Marcus Shaver Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:34
  Marcus Shaver Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:34
  Shooting foul on Jock Landale 1:34
Team Stats
Points 73 61
Field Goals 21-46 (45.7%) 23-51 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 2-15 (13.3%) 5-14 (35.7%)
Free Throws 29-35 (82.9%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 32 25
Offensive 4 2
Defensive 28 22
Team 0 1
Assists 8 11
Steals 4 8
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 18 29
Technicals 0 2
23 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 15 Saint Mary's 25-4 363773
home team logo Portland 10-19 313061
Team Stats
away team logo 15 Saint Mary's 25-4 77.2 PPG 36.3 RPG 11.9 APG
home team logo Portland 10-19 68.7 PPG 36.3 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
00
J. Landale C PPG RPG APG FG%
10
M. Shaver Jr. G 15.2 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.7 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Landale C 23 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
M. Shaver Jr. G 15 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
45.7 FG% 45.1
13.3 3PT FG% 35.7
82.9 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Landale 23 10 3 6/13 0/1 11/14 4 37 0 0 2 2 8
T. Krebs 16 8 0 4/10 0/4 8/8 1 38 2 0 1 2 6
J. Ford 9 1 3 3/6 0/1 3/4 3 35 2 0 2 0 1
C. Hermanson 8 3 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 4 30 0 2 1 0 3
E. Naar 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Landale 23 10 3 6/13 0/1 11/14 4 37 0 0 2 2 8
T. Krebs 16 8 0 4/10 0/4 8/8 1 38 2 0 1 2 6
J. Ford 9 1 3 3/6 0/1 3/4 3 35 2 0 2 0 1
C. Hermanson 8 3 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 4 30 0 2 1 0 3
E. Naar 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Neal 8 6 1 2/6 0/3 4/5 2 27 0 0 0 0 6
J. Hunter 4 1 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
E. Thomas 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 7 0 0 0 0 1
E. Fitzner 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Kuhse 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 32 8 21/46 2/15 29/35 18 200 4 2 9 4 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shaver Jr. 15 5 3 5/8 0/0 5/6 4 33 1 0 2 0 5
M. Porter 11 2 1 5/7 1/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 0 0 2
D. Tyson 10 1 0 4/12 2/4 0/0 1 35 1 0 2 0 1
P. Hartwich 6 4 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 12 1 0 1 1 3
J. McSwiggan 3 1 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shaver Jr. 15 5 3 5/8 0/0 5/6 4 33 1 0 2 0 5
M. Porter 11 2 1 5/7 1/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 0 0 2
D. Tyson 10 1 0 4/12 2/4 0/0 1 35 1 0 2 0 1
P. Hartwich 6 4 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 12 1 0 1 1 3
J. McSwiggan 3 1 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Walker 8 2 4 2/5 1/3 3/6 1 21 2 0 1 1 1
F. Porter 4 3 1 1/4 0/1 2/2 4 15 0 0 1 0 3
J. Smoyer 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 5 13 1 1 0 0 2
T. Diabate 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 15 1 0 1 0 3
R. Jackson 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
A. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Fahrensohn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Hogland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 24 11 23/51 5/14 10/15 29 200 8 1 10 2 22