Here are some quick notes for other other three conference games from Thursday night.
No. 9 Gonzaga 83 - Saint Mary’s 78
There were a number of peculiar things at the end of the Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s game.
There was the phantom jump ball call (oddly enough, Matthew Dellavedova was the beneficiary of a similar call against Harvard). There was the quick make-up call on a loose ball. Then there was the foul attempt by Gary Bell on Dellavedova when he took the game-tying three.
In any case, Saint Mary’s proved they can play with the big boys. Coming back from 20 down to nearly pull out that game was impressive.
As expected, Kelly Olynyk had his way with the Saint Mary’s frontcourt (31 points). Gonzaga has no answer for Stephen Holt (23 points).
Saint Mary’s outrebounded Gonzaga by 12. On the road. The Gaels had 16 offensive rebounds and turned that into 20 second chance points.
Round 2 should be fun.
BYU 76 - Pepperdine 51
Pepperdine played solid defense in the first half and had a five-point lead at halftime. The difference in the second half? BYU woke up and clamped down on defense. They kept the all out of the hands of the hot-handed Jordan Baker.
The sophomore had 20 points in the first half and did not score in the second.
BYU, who had allowed Pepperdine to shoot 48 percent in the first, held the Waves to 27 percent in the second half.
Matt Carlino had another solid game, shooting 4-for-8 from the field and scoring 14 points and dishing out four assists.
Loyola Marymount 84 - Santa Clara 80
If Santa Clara plans on challenging the “Top 3,” losses to a short-handed LMU cannot happen.
Your two best players cannot combined for 18 points and six rebounds. Kevin Foster had 11 points on 4-for-18 shooting (3-for-15 from three). Marc Trasolini has seven points and four rebounds.
It also didn’t help that Santa Clara had 20 turnover in the game, which resulted in 23 LMU points.
LMU’s Anthony Ireland could not be contained. He had 29 points and eight assists.
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