Friday, November 27, 2015

Nova to face St. Mary's in Round 2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Villanova won't get another showdown with a Philly guy, as seventh-seeded Richmond lost to No. 10 Saint Mary's, Calif., 80-71, in a South Regional first-round game.

Nova to face St. Mary's in Round 2


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Villanova won't get another showdown with a Philly guy, as seventh-seeded Richmond lost to No. 10 Saint Mary's, Calif., 80-71, in a South Regional first-round game.

Richmond is coached by Archbishop Ryan product Chris Mooney.

Instead, the Wildcats will face the Gaels, now 26-7 after posting their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1959. They had gone 0-5 since and 0-4 in the tournament in the last 21 years.

Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Richmond.

Here is more about Saint Mary's:

Location: Moraga, Calif.
Conference: West Coast.
Bid: Automatic
RPI: 35.
Strength of Schedule Rank: 120.
NCAA Tournament Record: 1-5 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).
Last NCAA: 2008, Lost in first round to Miami (Fla.), 78-64.
Head Coach: Randy Bennett, School and Overall: 181-82 (9 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%
Mickey McConnell G, 6-0, Jr., 13.7, 2.2, 51.4, 82.9
Matthew Dellavedova, G, 6-3, Fr., 12.5, 3.4, 40.1, 87.1
Omar Samhan, C, 6-11, Sr., 20.9, 11.0, 54.5, 73.7
Clint Steindl, F, 6-7, So., 7.0, 2.6, 42.2, 82.1
Ben Allen, F, 6-11, Sr., 10.8, 7.7, 49.6, 82.7

Other Key Players
Mitchell Young, F, 6-8, Fr., 4.3, 3.1, 51.5, 59.6
Jorden Page, G, 6-1, Fr., 4.1, 1.1, 41.7, 82.6
Tim Williams, F, 6-9, Fr., 2.6, 1.8, 68.8, 65.0

About the Gaels: A perennial thorn in the side of Gonzaga, the Gaels bested their WCC rival in the conference championship, 81-62, to earn their third trip to the tournament since 2000 ... McConnell would be leading the country in three-point shooting (51.5 percent), but his 67 made threes are 11 short of qualifying ... Samhan, a five-time WCC player of the week this season, keeps an online diary and blogs daily about his life as a player on the court ... Saint Mary’s has an enrollment of 3,916 ... This year was thought to be a rebuilding year with the exodus of 6-foot guard Patrick Mills, who left the Gaels for the NBA draft. He led Saint Mary’s in points, assists and steals.

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