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Landale leads No. 22 Saint Mary's past Santa Clara, 67-40

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Jock Landale was more concerned about enhancing the postseason prospects for Saint Mary's than he was about making a final appearance at McKeon Pavilion.

It could be another two weeks before the 22nd-ranked Gaels know their fate for certain, but they like their chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament after closing out the regular season with a third straight win.

Landale had 19 points and eight rebounds in his final home game, and No. 22 Saint Mary's beat Santa Clara 67-40 on Saturday.

Emmett Naar added 12 points and Calvin Hermanson had 10 on Senior Day for Saint Mary's (27-4, 16-2 West Coast Conference). Jordan Ford scored 13.

''We all did a really good job of blocking (Senior Day) out,'' Landale said. ''The way we looked at it was we don't want to play another home game. We want to stay out of the NIT.''

The Gaels appeared in good shape thanks to a 19-game winning streak earlier this season, but their hopes dipped after back-to-back losses earlier this month.

That's why coach Randy Bennett felt his team still needed to make a favorable impression on the selection committee.

''Absolutely,'' Bennett said. ''We were 27-5 after the conference tournament (two years ago) and we were watching. You just have to think like an optimist and work like a pessimist. That's where we're at.''

A matchup of the top two scorers in the WCC fizzled out quickly when Santa Clara's KJ Feagin limped off the court with a sprained left ankle with 7:16 left in the first half. He did not return.

Landale had an uneven game in his final appearance at McKeon Pavilion. He missed five of his first nine shots and at times looked uncomfortable in the paint against 267-pound Santa Clara center Emmanuel Ndumanya before helping the Gaels pull away in the second half.

The conference's top scorer and rebounder, Landale scored 10 points and had a pair of dunks in the second half, including one that put Saint Mary's up 56-34.

The Gaels struggled from the perimeter but made up for it in the backcourt. Naar, the Gaels' career assist leader who has been nursing a sore left ankle for the past week, had only one against Santa Clara (11-19, 8-10) but repeatedly scored on drives through the lane.

Ford also gave the Broncos problems and provided the game's signature moment when he flipped the ball off the glass and in with his left hand after driving past a pair of defenders.

''It gives us another look,'' Naar said. ''Jock is obviously the bulk of our scoring. If we can penetrate and get inside the key, different teams will do different things. Today they tried to make us finish and score.''

Henry Caruso had 14 points and seven rebounds for Santa Clara.

The Broncos, who lost to the Gaels 81-57 in January, struggled to get anything going without Feagin. Santa Clara went scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the first half and shot 23.5 percent for the game.

TIP-INS

Santa Clara: Feagin had four points on 2-of-7 shooting when he got hurt and appeared to get emotional on the bench after being examined by a team trainer. The junior guard had been averaging 23.5 points over the previous four games. Ndumanya also went down late in the second half after a hard fall on the court but walked off on his power.

Saint Mary's: Hermanson went 2 for 2 on 3-pointers. The rest of the Gaels were a combined 1 of 8 beyond the arc.

AND STILL COUNTING

The Gaels are 106-25 over the past four seasons with Landale, Naar and Hermanson on the roster.

QUOTABLE

''That's like a third punch, and we have to have it. Your first punch is Jock. The second punch is you're shooting 3s. The third punch is you have to get penetration.'' - Bennett on the play of Saint Mary's guards.

UP NEXT

The West Coast Conference tournament begins March 2 in Las Vegas. Saint Mary's is assured of a first-round bye, while Santa Clara's opponent has yet to be determined. The Broncos went into the day tied for sixth place with San Diego.

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Key Players
K. Feagin
10 G
E. Naar
3 G
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
10.3 Pts. Per Game 10.3
8.2 Ast. Per Game 8.2
2.4 Reb. Per Game 2.4
45.4 Field Goal % 49.3
37.9 Three Point % 38.3
83.0 Free Throw % 84.8
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Thomas 19.0
  Henry Caruso missed 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Henry Caruso made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Elijah Thomas 19.0
+ 2 Dan Sheets made jump shot 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Dan Sheets 49.0
  Josip Vrankic missed 3-pt. jump shot 51.0
+ 3 Jock Perry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tommy Kuhse 1:07
+ 1 Henry Caruso made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
+ 1 Henry Caruso made 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Personal foul on Elijah Thomas 1:14
Team Stats
Points 40 67
Field Goals 12-51 (23.5%) 25-51 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 3-17 (17.6%) 3-10 (30.0%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 30 36
Offensive 7 3
Defensive 22 31
Team 1 2
Assists 6 9
Steals 6 6
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Santa Clara 11-19 192140
home team logo 22 Saint Mary's 27-4 313667
Team Stats
away team logo Santa Clara 11-19 70.5 PPG 38.5 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo 22 Saint Mary's 27-4 77.7 PPG 35.7 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
00
H. Caruso G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Landale C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
H. Caruso G/F 14 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
J. Landale C 19 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
23.5 FG% 49.0
17.6 3PT FG% 30.0
72.2 FT% 87.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
H. Caruso 39 14 7 2 2 0 1 0 3/9 1/2 7/8 3 4
E. Ndumanya 33 7 8 1 1 1 1 4 3/3 0/0 1/4 3 5
J. Vrankic 32 7 3 0 2 0 3 2 2/10 0/5 3/4 0 3
K. Feagin 12 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 0 0
K. Healy 17 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
H. Caruso 39 14 7 2 2 0 1 0 3/9 1/2 7/8 3 4
E. Ndumanya 33 7 8 1 1 1 1 4 3/3 0/0 1/4 3 5
J. Vrankic 32 7 3 0 2 0 3 2 2/10 0/5 3/4 0 3
K. Feagin 12 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 0 0
K. Healy 17 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Turner 11 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 2/7 2/4 0/0 0 0
S. Walters 20 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 1
J. Pugh 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2
M. Hauser 22 0 4 1 0 0 4 4 0/7 0/1 0/0 0 4
H. Jadersten 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
J. Roche - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sawyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Jasaitis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 40 29 6 6 2 12 16 12/51 3/17 13/18 7 22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 33 19 8 2 1 1 1 3 7/12 0/0 5/6 1 7
J. Ford 32 13 5 1 1 0 0 0 5/9 0/1 3/4 0 5
E. Naar 27 12 2 1 1 0 3 2 4/7 0/1 4/4 0 2
C. Hermanson 35 10 4 1 1 0 3 2 4/7 2/2 0/0 0 4
T. Krebs 24 2 7 2 0 0 1 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 33 19 8 2 1 1 1 3 7/12 0/0 5/6 1 7
J. Ford 32 13 5 1 1 0 0 0 5/9 0/1 3/4 0 5
E. Naar 27 12 2 1 1 0 3 2 4/7 0/1 4/4 0 2
C. Hermanson 35 10 4 1 1 0 3 2 4/7 2/2 0/0 0 4
T. Krebs 24 2 7 2 0 0 1 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Perry 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
C. Neal 16 2 0 1 1 0 2 3 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 0
J. Hunter 7 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2
D. Sheets 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
T. Kuhse 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 0
E. Fitzner 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2
E. Thomas 5 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
K. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Zoriks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 34 9 6 3 10 17 25/51 3/10 14/16 3 31