Where: Firestone Fieldhouse
When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 4:00 pm ET
We have a West Coast Conference matchup to consider for Saturday afternoon when the Saint Mary’s Gaels meet the South Pepperdine Waves for an afternoon of West Coast Conference action. The Gaels are 2-2 in the conference and enter this game coming off a one-point home loss to Santa Clara. Pepperdine is 2-2 in the West Coast standings and is hoping to extend a two-game winning streak when they host the Gaels.
Gael's Upset by Santa ClaraSaint Mary’s is in a four-way tie for the conference fourth spot and has an overall record of 15-4 this season. The Gaels have won three of its last five games and Saturday marks a one-off road game and the Gaels are a 2-1 team away from home this season.
Saint Mary's will travel down to Malibu for their lone game of the week.— Saint Mary's Hoops (@saintmaryshoops) January 16, 2020
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The Gaels score an average of 77.8 points while allowing 65.8 points per game and are shooting 47.9 percent from the field, a nation-leading 40 percent from downtown and 76.1 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Saint Mary’s has three players scoring in double figures and is led by senior guard Jordan Ford. Ford averages 22.2 points per game with 3.1 caroms, 1.9 assists and is knocking down 43.3 percent of his triple attempts this season. Smith scored 30 points with six rebounds in Gael’s home loss to Santa Clara.
Waves Two Game Winning StreakPepperdine is 2-2 in conference play and boasts a 9-9 overall record this season. The Waves are 6-2 this season at home and have lost three of their last five games. Saturday is a one-off home game before traveling to Santa Clara and Pepperdine would love to get a much need home win over the Gael’s on Saturday afternoon.
The Waves score an average of 76.7 points per game and allow 77.2 points per game this season. Pepperdine makes 43 percent of its field goal attempts, 35.5 percent of its triple tries and leads the nation with an 80 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
Pepperdine has four players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Colbey Ross. Ross scores an average of 19.9 points per game with 3.9 caroms and leads the Waves with 7.4 assists per game. The junior guard is drilling 34.8 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 20 point, eight assist outing in the Jaguars home win over Loyola Marymount.