- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Holt pumped in 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lift Saint Mary’s to a 70-61 win over Portland on Thursday night.

Saint Mary’s (21-9, 11-6 West Coast Conference) took the lead for good late in the first half on a 3-pointer from James Walker III but would have to protect it in the final 4 minutes of the game as Portland shaved the gap to 55-53 with a Ryan Nicholas jumper. Holt responded with a 3-pointer and followed it up with a layup as part of a 7-0 run that rebuilt the Gaels advantage, which would hold.

Brad Waldow contributed 14 points and Kerry Carter 12 for the Gaels, who were outrebounded by Portland (15-14, 7-10) but made up for it with 19-of-25 shooting from the penalty stripe and 11 of 29 from long range.

Thomas van der Mars led Portland with 22 points and 17 rebounds.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide