Hermanson leads way with 27 points as Gaels rout Pilots
PORTLAND, Ore. — Calvin Hermanson had a career night for the hometown crowd.
The junior forward from Lake Oswego, Ore., hit five three-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 21 St. Mary’s to a 74-33 thumping of Portland on Thursday night.
Jock Landale added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Gaels (15-1, 5-0 WCC), who led by as many as 44 points. Evan Fitzner also had eight points.
Hermanson was the only St. Mary’s player in double figures.
“It felt good, especially up here in my hometown, so it was fun,” Hermanson said. “It was fun for us.”
Alec Wintering, the WCC scoring leader at 21 points per game, was held to four. Jazz Johnson led Portland (9-7, 2-2) with 13 points.
“We didn’t come out with focus or energy and they gave it to us,” Portland head coach Terry Porter said.
The Gaels arrived in Portland on Wednesday night following a storm that dumped as much as 14 inches of snow on parts of the city. With little melting Thursday during the day, and freezing temperatures after the sun went down, the game was sparsely attended.
The Pilots already had postposed a game against No. 5 Gonzaga, which was set for last Saturday night at Chiles Center, because of an earlier storm. The school announced Thursday that the game was rescheduled for Jan. 23.
St. Mary’s took a 14-2 lead on Emmett Naar’s three-pointer, and a Hermanson layup later made it 24-4.
Wintering hit a jumper that ended a scoring drought of more than four minutes for the Pilots, but they still trailed 29-9. St. Mary’s led 37-9 at halftime.
The Gaels, who outrebounded the Pilots 50-16, were not challenged in the second half.
“That’s probably as well as we’ve played for 40 minutes,” St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett said. “It’s hard to do that. It’s hard to keep it rolling like that. We got out and just kept playing well. I thought we did a good job defensively.”