Her­man­son leads way with 27 points as Gaels rout Pi­lots

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - PAGE 2 - By Anne M. Peterson Ann M. Peterson is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

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.”

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