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Saint Mary’s stays strong down stretch, tops UC Irvine 73-66

December 17, 2017

Saint Mary's Emmett Naar, left, looks to pass away from UC Irvine's Elston Jones during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Moraga, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jock Landale had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar scored 15 each and Saint Mary’s beat UC Irvine 73-66 on Saturday night.

The Gaels (9-2) pulled away with a 6-0 run capped by Landale’s dunk to make it 65-56 with 4:54 left.

The Anteaters (4-9) stayed close, but it was all but over when Hermanson’s 3-pointer from the left wing pushed Saint Mary’s lead back to nine with 48.4 seconds left. Hermanson finished 3 of 4 from 3-point range, making both of his second-half attempts.

Saint Mary’s led 32-28 at halftime, but UC Irvine took the lead with the first five points of the second half. It went back-and-forth from there until Saint Mary’s went ahead for good at 44-42.

Eyassu Worku had 13 points, John Edgar Jr. added 11 and Evan Leonard scored 10 for UC Irvine.

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