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01-18-2018, 10:04 PM

Thursday night's 74-71 upset of Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington, was huge for the Gaels -- who entered the night winners of 12 straight but losers of 12 of their previous 14 against the Bulldogs -- for a variety of reasons.

Most important, if Saint Mary's, which is currently viewed by ESPN NCAA bracketologist Joe Lunardi as a 9-seed, was going to assert itself not just in its own conference but on the national landscape, it had to win this game -- on the road and against the team that would likely have been scribbled into the conference champion column (again) in pen if it had won Thursday.

01-18-2018, 10:07 PM
Vince Grippi:


That was true even for Rui Hachimura, who hit 7 of 9 shots in the first half and finished 11 of 16, which included desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. His career-high 23 points earned him praise from the former NBA head coach.

When Hart noted there had never been a player from Japan drafted by the NBA, Carlisemo jumped right in.

“That’s going to change in the next two years, that’s for sure,” he said.

What’s not changing is Saint Mary’s as the favorite in this year’s WCC race. At least not now.

01-18-2018, 10:08 PM
Randy Bennett Post Game Video


Jock Landale Post Game Video:


01-19-2018, 07:47 AM
John Blanchette: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jan/18/john-blanchette-gaels-senior-jock-landale-rules-in/#/0

". . . as a freshman, frankly, Jock Landale was as anonymous as a message board poster.

And now?

He’s only college basketball’s most efficient player, which some nights is just a poor synonym for dominant. And that’s what the 6-foot-11 senior demonstrated with cool nonchalance in the Gaels’ 74-71 victory over Gonzaga at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night – a season-changer for the Gaels.

01-19-2018, 07:51 AM
Jim Meehan: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jan/18/analysis-jock-landale-carries-gaels-past-gonzaga-i/#/0

“There were some good players on that court,” Gaels coach Randy Bennett said. “I hadn’t really seen Hachimura up front. We saw him a little last year but he’s a different dude and he’s a handful. Perkins didn’t have one of his better nights, but Williams is a heck of a player. They’re good, they’re really good. It was a heck of a win for us.”

Hachimura made 11 of 16 shots. He added four rebounds and two blocks. The Zags called several plays for Hachimura in the final minutes. He delivered with a tying bucket on one but the Zags weren’t able to get him the ball on another.

01-19-2018, 07:55 AM
From Deadspin:

Given the state of the WCC and give or take a home game against BYU, Saint Mary’s only has one challenging game left on the schedule—Gonzaga’s visit to St. Mary’s home gym in Moraga, CA. Aside from that match-up with the Zags, the Gaels will likely return to conference play anonymity until the conference tournament and, if everything goes right, NCAA Tourney.

But even if you’re not feeling watching them take apart Pepperdine or Santa Clara, the Gaels are something special. The team is a fun change-of-pace led by a true powerhouse down low, and they deserve some love. Not every team should play like Saint Mary’s, of course—without a dominant player like Landale, such an offense would look bad and function worse. Right now, though, they’re the only relevant team in college basketball running plays that look like they should be on grainy black-and-white film, and they’re running them through an authentic throwback star. This could be a pretty cool year to be a Gael.


01-19-2018, 07:55 AM
Thanks Reno!

01-19-2018, 12:09 PM
“We focus on being composed for 40 minutes of every single game,” Landale said. “I think we were down nine a couple times and we kept saying to each other that the past is the past.
“Let’s focus on the next four minutes and see if we can come out on top.”


01-19-2018, 12:29 PM
Landale on J3

“In all honestly, he’s probably the toughest defender I’ve gone up against,” Landale said. “He just makes me feel uncomfortable the whole time we’re playing.”