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Ford leads No. 22 Saint Mary's past Pepperdine, 75-61

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) The first two shots Saint Mary's guard Jordan Ford took were from 3-point range, and both hit their mark.

Ford had a feeling he was in for a big game.

Ford had 18 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and No. 22 Saint Mary's rolled to a 75-61 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Ford shot 7 for 11 from the field and 4 for 6 from 3-point range, falling two points short of tying his career scoring high.

''I came out and hit my first couple shots and from there it just kept rolling,'' Ford said. ''So I felt really good.''

Calvin Hermanson scored 14 points and Tanner Krebs added 12 for the Gaels (26-4, 15-2 West Coast Conference). Jock Landale scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Saint Mary's remained one game behind Gonzaga (26-4, 16-1), a 77-72 winner at San Diego, in the WCC with one regular-season game to play. The Gaels can earn a share of the WCC regular-season title with a victory at home against Santa Clara and a Gonzaga loss at BYU on Saturday.

Saint Mary's point guard Emmett Naar, who injured his left ankle late in the first half against Portland on Saturday, started and had three points and six assists in 14 minutes, most of those in the first half.

''I think he'll keep getting better,'' Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said of Naar, the Gaels' career leader in assists. ''He didn't aggravate it. I thought it was an overall very positive step. I was surprised he played.''

Trae Berhow and Knox Hellums each scored 13 points for Pepperdine (4-25, 1-16), which lost to Saint Mary's for the fifth straight time.

''Saint Mary's did a great job of punching it inside, especially early, and then made us pay with our rotations,'' Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson said. ''Our rotations were delayed or slow, and that allowed them to get into a rhythm and shoot their 3s.''

Ford had 14 points and six rebounds in the first half, when Saint Mary's built a 46-26 lead.

''Tough to stop him when he's shooting like that,'' Hermanson said. ''It's pretty special when you got a guy like that on the team who can really shoot it.''

Pepperdine guard Eric Cooper Jr., who averages 13.2 points, did not make the trip because of a shoulder injury. Udenyi Amadi started in his place.

BIG PICTURE

Pepperdine: The Waves lost their eighth straight game and are locked into sole possession of last place in the WCC. Pepperdine will be the No. 10 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels won their second straight after losing back-to-back games to Gonzaga on Feb. 10 and San Francisco on Feb. 15. Saint Mary's had won a school-record 19 straight games before falling to Gonzaga.

TURNING POINT

The Gaels went on an 11-0 run to build a 19-6 lead with 13:17 left in the first half. Hermanson had a three-point play and hit a 3-point shot during the spurt. Ford capped it by nailing a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

''We definitely came out with a lot of energy tonight,'' Hermanson said. ''We were just ready to play from the get-go. We've been a little bit slow a couple games. We were kind of itching to get back on the court, and tonight you could really tell right away.''

UP NEXT

Pepperdine hosts Portland on Saturday in its WCC regular-season finale. The Waves fell 85-76 in overtime at Portland on Feb. 1.

Saint Mary's hosts Santa Clara on Saturday in its final WCC regular-season game. The Gaels beat the Broncos 81-57 on Jan. 11 at Santa Clara.

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Key Players
C. Ross
4 G
E. Naar
3 G
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
10.6 Pts. Per Game 10.6
8.3 Ast. Per Game 8.3
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
46.5 Field Goal % 49.1
45.9 Three Point % 39.1
83.1 Free Throw % 83.9
+ 1 Knox Hellums made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Knox Hellums made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Tommy Kuhse 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Colbey Ross 23.0
  Cullen Neal missed driving layup 25.0
+ 1 Colbey Ross made free throw 53.0
  Shooting foul on Tommy Kuhse 53.0
+ 2 Colbey Ross made layup 53.0
+ 2 Jock Perry made layup 1:01
  Personal foul on Jade Smith 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Evan Fitzner 1:31
Team Stats
Points 61 75
Field Goals 21-53 (39.6%) 29-64 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 5-13 (38.5%) 13-27 (48.1%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 4-5 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 38
Offensive 5 11
Defensive 23 26
Team 2 1
Assists 9 17
Steals 2 2
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 4 3
Fouls 11 13
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 1 REB
18 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Pepperdine 4-25 263561
home team logo 22 Saint Mary's 26-4 462975
Team Stats
away team logo Pepperdine 4-25 100.0 PPG 46 RPG 21.0 APG
home team logo 22 Saint Mary's 26-4 89.5 PPG 35.5 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
00
T. Berhow G PPG RPG APG FG%
3
J. Ford G 29.0 PPG 1.5 RPG 4.0 APG 64.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Berhow G 13 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
J. Ford G 18 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
39.6 FG% 45.3
38.5 3PT FG% 48.1
87.5 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Berhow 31 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 5/6 2/3 1/2 0 3
K. Edwards 33 9 9 2 0 0 1 3 4/11 0/0 1/1 2 7
A. Udenyi 23 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 0
C. Ross 30 6 3 5 1 0 1 2 2/8 0/1 2/3 0 3
M. Atewe 20 0 7 0 1 1 0 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Berhow 31 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 5/6 2/3 1/2 0 3
K. Edwards 33 9 9 2 0 0 1 3 4/11 0/0 1/1 2 7
A. Udenyi 23 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 0
C. Ross 30 6 3 5 1 0 1 2 2/8 0/1 2/3 0 3
M. Atewe 20 0 7 0 1 1 0 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Hellums 23 13 1 0 0 1 0 0 4/8 3/6 2/2 0 1
D. Dunn 17 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 2/7 0/1 4/4 0 1
J. Smith 17 6 2 0 0 1 0 3 2/5 0/0 2/2 1 1
K. Hempy 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
E. Cooper Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Yee-Stephens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mailliard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Meads - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wexler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 61 28 9 2 4 4 11 21/53 5/13 14/16 5 23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Ford 37 18 10 4 0 0 0 1 7/11 4/6 0/0 1 9
C. Hermanson 33 14 4 2 1 1 0 0 6/13 1/6 1/1 2 2
T. Krebs 30 12 4 2 0 0 0 1 4/9 4/7 0/0 2 2
J. Landale 26 10 6 1 0 0 0 3 4/8 0/0 2/2 0 6
E. Naar 14 3 0 6 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Ford 37 18 10 4 0 0 0 1 7/11 4/6 0/0 1 9
C. Hermanson 33 14 4 2 1 1 0 0 6/13 1/6 1/1 2 2
T. Krebs 30 12 4 2 0 0 0 1 4/9 4/7 0/0 2 2
J. Landale 26 10 6 1 0 0 0 3 4/8 0/0 2/2 0 6
E. Naar 14 3 0 6 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Neal 23 7 1 0 1 0 1 1 2/6 2/4 1/2 0 1
E. Fitzner 14 5 4 1 0 0 1 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 3
J. Hunter 12 4 8 0 0 1 0 1 2/8 0/0 0/0 5 3
J. Perry 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Kuhse 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Thomas 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 37 17 2 2 3 13 29/64 13/27 4/5 11 26