Hermanson helps No. 21 Saint Mary's soar past Portland
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[January 13, 2017]
Calvin Hermanson had the hot
hand early to help No. 21 Saint Mary's roll to a 74-33 victory over
Portland in a West Coast Conference game Thursday night at the
Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.
Hermanson had a career-high 27 points and six rebounds for Saint
Mary's (15-1, 5-0 WCC), which has won nine in a row. Jock Landale
had eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
Jazz Johnson scored 13 points for Portland (9-7, 2-2). West Coast
Conference scoring leader Alec Wintering was held to four points on
Hermanson waited more than three minutes to get his first basket,
but then he got hot, scoring 17 points over a span of 7:15 to fuel a
25-4 run. Hermanson sank seven consecutive shots during that
barrage, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
"He played at a really high level tonight," Saint Mary's coach Randy
Bennett said. "He didn't play much last game because of foul
trouble, so I think he didn't want that to be the case again and he
played well. It is fun to watch him play like that."
The Gaels took an 11-2 lead on Hermanson's first 3-pointer and went
up 20-2 on his second. Hermanson made a layup to put Saint Mary's up
by 20 and added another to give them a 29-6 lead.
Alec Wintering made a 3-pointer to get the deficit back down to 20,
but the Gaels ended the half with an 8-0 run to carry a staggering
37-9 advantage into the break. Saint Mary's shot over 48 percent and
made seven 3-pointers in the opening half. Portland went 4 of 21
from the field and 1 of 6 at the free-throw line.
"We didn't come out with focus or energy and they gave it to us,"
Portland coach Terry Porter said. "I thought they did a great job in
regards to what they tried to get accomplished offensively. We just
underestimated them. I don't know what it was. We just didn't do a
good job of coming out and really competing."
The Gaels went up by 31 on a 3-pointer by Hermanson early in the
second half. They took a 47-12 lead on a jumper by Landale and later
led by as many as 44 following a layup by Dane Pineau.
the best game we've played for 40 minutes," Bennett said. "It is
hard to do that, to keep it rolling like that. I think we did a
great job defensively."
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St. Mary's Gaels forward Calvin Hermanson (24) celebrates with
teammates during the second half in a game against the Portland
Pilots at Earle A. Chiles Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy
Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Saint Mary's went into the contest ranked third in the nation in
scoring defense after holding its first 15 opponents to 58.1 points
per game. In their first four conference games, the Gaels held each
of their opponents under 44.5-percent shooting.
They did it again against the Pilots.
Portland shot just 25 percent from the field. The Pilots made only 2
of 9 from beyond the arc.
Saint Mary's shot 50 percent from the field and made 12 of 30 from
3-point range. The Gaels amassed a massive 50-16 rebounding
"I think we did a great job defensively, especially on Wintering and
Johnson," Bennett said. "We just did a great job on defense
NOTES: Going into the game, Saint Mary's was leading the West Coast
Conference in shooting percentage (.501), 3-point shooting (.396),
assists per game (17.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), opponents'
points per game (58.1) and rebounding margin (9.9). ... The Gaels
have been ranked in both major polls for 10 consecutive weeks. ...
The Pilots entered the contest ranked second in the WCC in 3-point
shooting (.394). ... Saint Mary's F Calvin Hermanson and Portland G
Jazz Johnson both attended the same high school in Lake Oswego, Ore.
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