Saint Mary's beats Cal Poly 86-68

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Saint Mary's beats Cal Poly 86-68

MORAGA, Calif. -- Brad Waldow scored 17 points, leading five St. Mary's players in double digits, and the Gaels beat Cal Poly 86-68 Saturday night.Waldow was 8 of 9 from the field.Matthew Dellavedova had 13 points, nine assists. Matt Hodgson had a career-high 13 points and Jorden Page added 12. Mitchell Young scored nine of his 11 points in the first half for the Gaels (5-2). Beau Levesque led the team with six rebounds.Cal Poly (2-3) shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, but St. Mary's led 42-35 at halftime. The Gaels shot 64.4 percent from the field for the game, while Cal Poly finished at 52 percent.Chris Eversley led Cal Poly with 25 points and six rebounds. Brian Bennett added 10 for the Mustangs, who beat an 11th-ranked UCLA 70-68 on Sunday in Los Angeles.

With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

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With Dykes out, ex-Cal OC returns to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Spavital is returning to West Virginia as offensive coordinator.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Spavital's hiring Saturday. He'll also coach the quarterbacks.

Spavital was interim coach at Cal after Sonny Dykes was fired last Sunday. Spavital had finished his first season as Cal's offensive coordinator. Under him, Davis Webb threw for 4,295 and 37 touchdowns.

Spavital was the quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012 under Holgorsen at West Virginia, where Geno Smith set numerous school records. Spavital spent three years after that at Texas A&M.

No. 21 Saint Mary's routed by undefeated Gonzaga

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No. 21 Saint Mary's routed by undefeated Gonzaga

BOX SCORE

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Zach Collins said No. 5 Gonzaga wanted to make a statement against No. 21 Saint Mary's on Saturday night.

"There was a lot of hype going into this game," Collins said, after the Zags beat Saint Mary's 79-56.

"We were hoping to come in and make a statement to the rest of the conference and the rest of the country. We know how to win."

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points and added six assists to help Gonzaga win its 17th game in a row, the longest streak in the nation.

"We are as good as we think we are," Williams-Goss said. "We are a group with a lot of confidence."

Jordan Mathews added 16 points, Johnathan Williams had 14 and Collins 10 for Gonzaga (17-0, 5-0 West Coast).

Jock Landale was held to 10 points and was in foul trouble much of the game for Saint Mary's (15-2, 5-1), which saw a nine-game winning streak broken. Calvin Hermanson led the Gaels with 12 points.

This game was seen as one of the major barriers remaining for the Zags as they seek to go undefeated through the regular season. The teams play again at Saint Mary's on Feb. 11.

Saint Mary's has never beaten an opponent ranked higher than No. 9.

Gonzaga shot 64.7 percent in the game, while holding Saint Mary's to just 39.7 percent. Gonzaga coach Mark Few was asked which achievement was greater.

"They are an excellent defensive team," Few said. "To shoot 65 percent is an amazing night against anybody."

Landale picked up his second foul with 14:22 left in the first and sat out the rest of the half. The Gaels' stayed close for a while, as Hermanson converted a four-point play to tie the score at 18-18.

Saint Mary's sank three straight baskets for a 27-23 lead.

But Mathews' 3-pointer ignited a 12-2 Gonzaga run that gave the Zags a 43-34 lead at halftime.

Landale scored three unanswered baskets early in the second as Saint Mary's cut Gonzaga's lead to 46-40.

Shortly after, Williams-Goss erupted for five quick baskets as Gonzaga took a 63-52 lead, and the Gaels went into a prolonged drought.

Consecutive baskets by Williams lifted Gonzaga to a 67-52 lead with 4:50 left. Saint Mary's made just one of 12 field goal attempts at one point.

"We didn't close the last 10 minutes well at all, and then we lost our composure" Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "It should have been a good game but we didn't do our part to finish it."

POLL IMPLICATIONS:
Gonzaga is making a case to climb in the polls, while Saint Mary's is likely to drop as the game was not as close as anticipated.

STATS:
Gonzaga sank 33 of 51 shots, while the Gaels made just 23 of 58. Saint Mary's made just 6 of 16 from 3-point range.

BIG PICTURE:
Saint Mary's: The Gaels relinquished first place in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary's is second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 56.6 points per game. Landale was held well below his averages of 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs took over first place in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga came in averaging 86 points, with five players averaging in double figures.

HOME COOKING:
Gonzaga is 170-13 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

UP NEXT:
Saint Mary's hosts Pacific on Thursday.

Gonzaga plays at Santa Clara on Thursday.