Saint Mary's Advances to Round of 64 with Win over MTSU
Saint Mary's 67, Middle Tennessee State 54
The Saint Mary's Gaels relied heavily on senior guard Matthew Dellavedova for most of the regular season but on Tuesday night against Middle Tennessee State, they relied on their key role players to advance to the round of 64 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
In his first career start, walk-on Jordan Giusti was able to play lock down defense and hold the stars of Middle Tennessee to meager point totals.
Guard Stephen Holt and forward Beau Levesque also stepped up late in the second half after Dellavedova was shut down on the offensive end by Tweedy Knight.
Despite not finding a rhythm for most of the night, Dellavedova did score a game-high 23 points.
In the losing effort, Marcos Knight led the Blue Raiders with 16 points.
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Saint Mary's 67, Middle Tennessee State 54 (Final)
MTSU picked a bad night to have a bad night.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 62, MTSU 50 (1:01 Second Half)
The Gaels have this game locked up.
All the Blue Raiders can do at this point is foul and attempt to make three-pointers to cut the deficit on the offensive end.
Impressed with what Saint Mary's was able to do tonight. Always had an answer for a deep Middle Tennessee team.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) March 20, 2013
Doug Gottlieb of CBS is already second guessing his pick for tonight.
Delly is so nice- been a pleasure watching him for 4 years- cant believe I picked MTSU— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 59, MTSU 48 (2:46 Second Half)
The Blue Raiders have been out of their comfort zone all night.
For St. Mary's, Stephen Holt knocks down a pair of free throws to extend their lead back into double digits.
St. Mary's 57, MTSU 46 (3:16 Second Half)
At the under-four timeout, the Gaels are in control.
Barring a massive collapse, they should be headed to Auburn Hills on Thursday.
I've said this before, but if you don't like watching St. Mary's you must not like basketball. Gaels pass and shoot beautifully.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 54, MTSU 44 (5:19 Second Half)
Something to watch as the second half closes down is the foul statistics.
The Gaels are 11-of-17 from the line while the Blue Raiders are just 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
St. Mary's will have the better chance of sealing the game at the line while they may have a foul or two to give towards the end of the half.
St. Mary's 52, MTSU 42 (6:03 Second Half)
So Tweety Knight comes out of the game and Dellavedova immediately ends up wide-open for a 3-pointer. Coincidence? Doubtful.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 20, 2013
Marcos Knight did not pick up his fourth foul, it was instead charged to Neiko Hunter who now has four fouls.
Dellavedova back on the floor for St. Mary's.
St. Mary's 49, MTSU 42 (7:25 Second Half)
Marcos Knight just picked up his fourth personal foul.
If you are MTSU head coach Kermit Davis, do you keep him in for the rest of the game or save him for the final few minutes?
St. Mary's 49, MTSU 42 (8:26 Second Half)
Beau Levesque with two excellent plays in the last minute.
First, he sneaks into the paint and scores on a layup before he makes a stellar stop in the paint on Marcos Knight to force a turnover.
St. Mary's 49, MTSU 42 (9:15 Second Half)
Dellavedova is on the bench being looked at by the trainers currently.
St. Mary's 47, MTSU 42 (9:43 Second Half)
Dellavedova may be covered by Tweedy Knight at the moment but he was still able to deliver an excellent pass to Mitchell Young on the last basket by the Gaels.
Daniel Martin of NBC Sports elaborates further on the pass.
That pass by Matty D was something special. Think you have him trapped far out, but he fires a no-look jump pass on point. Phew.— Daniel Martin (@DanielJMartin_) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 47, MTSU 42 (10:15 Second Half)
A stark change from the first half, this game is now being played with a ton of energy and in transition.
St. Mary's 45, MTSU 38 (11:20 Second Half)
Four quick points for the Gaels out of the timeout.
MTSU has made an adjustment and it has worked according to Jeff Borzello of CBS.
Since Dellavedova nailed a three about four minutes ago, MTSU has constantly forced him to pass off of screens. SMC not nearly as effective.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 41, MTSU 38 (11:48 Second Half)
Kerry Hammonds just picked up his third personal foul before the under-12 media timeout.
Hammonds and Neiko Hunter, who lead MTSU in points tonight, both have three fouls.
Levesque, Giusti and Mitchell Young all have two fouls for St. Mary's.
ESPN's Eamonn Brennan points out why the Blue Raiders are having success to start the second half.
So Middle got out of that zone, put Tweety Knight tight on Delly and started hard hedging every ball screen. It worked.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) March 20, 2013
Much-needed timeout by Randy Bennett. 10-2 run for Middle Tennessee. Can't let them crank that transition game.— Daniel Martin (@DanielJMartin_) March 20, 2013
St. Mary's 41, MTSU 38 (12:36 Second Half)
A quick timeout by Randy Bennett as MTSU kicks off a 10-2 run.
If the Blue Raiders can force turnovers like they have to start the second half, they should run away with this game.
St. Mary's 41, MTSU 36 (13:29 Second Half)
Hammonds with another big shot for the Blue Raiders, 10 points now for the guard.
This from Patrick Stevens of USA Today on Dellavedova.
Delly ain't losing tonight.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) March 20, 2013
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