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SMC nearly blows 26-point half­time lead to Har­vard

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Saint Mary’s 26-point half­time lead paid off for the Gaels.

Jock Lan­dale scored 26 points and the 21stranked Gaels with­stood get­ting outscored in the sec­ond half to beat Har­vard 89-71 on Thurs­day in the open­ing game of the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton. The Gaels face Wash­ing­ton State at 10:30 a.m. Fri­day on ESPNEWS.

Em­mett Naar just missed a triple dou­ble, fin­ish­ing with 11 points, a ca­reer-high nine re­bounds and nine as­sists for the Gaels (5- 0).

Bryce Aiken led the Crim­son (2- 3) with 22 points, in­clud­ing 20 in the sec­ond half when Har­vard outscored Saint Mary’s 5143. Chris Lewis added 18 points.

Af­ter trail­ing by 26 points at half­time, Har­vard got within 14 thanks to a blis­ter­ing start in the sec­ond half.

“We played our best half of the year in first half and we played about our worst five min­utes to start the sec­ond half,” Gaels coach Randy Ben­nett said.

The Gaels an­swered with a 17-8 run to ex­tend their lead to 26 points. FLORIDA 108, STAN­FORD 87 » Reid Travis had 23 points for Stan­ford (33), which lost its sec­ond straight to an op­po­nent ranked in the top 10. The Car­di­nal trailed by as many as 38 to the No. 7 Ga­tors in the Phil Knight In­vi­ta­tional.

Stan­ford faces Gon­zaga or Ohio State at 6 p.m. Fri­day on ESPN2.

The Car­di­nal have been short-handed as Do­rian Pick­ens and Mar­cus Sh­effield nurse foot in­juries, putting three fresh­men in the start­ing lineup. Stan­ford was no match for the Ga­tors, who jumped out to a 16-5 lead and trailed by 25 in the first half. DUKE 99, PORT­LAND STATE 81 » Trevon Duval had 22 points and the top-ranked Blue Devils pulled away af­ter a trail­ing by as­many as eight points to open the Phil Knight In­vi­ta­tional.

It was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 200th vic­tory as coach of a No. 1-ranked team. He’s 20029 when the Blue Devils sit atop the poll. SMU 66, ARI­ZONA 60 » Ben Eme­l­ogu scored 20 points for SMU in the con­so­la­tion round at the Bat­tle 4 At­lantis, hand­ing the No. 2 Wild­cats their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss to an un­ranked op­po­nent. Ari­zona lost 90-84 to North Carolina State in Wed­nes­day’s first round. VILLANOVA85, TEN­NESSEE 76 » Jalen Brun­son scored 25 points and No. 5 Vil­lanova over­came a 15-point deficit to beat Ten­nessee in the Bat­tle 4 At­lantis semi­fi­nals.


STAN­FORD 79, KENT STATE 54 » DiJonai Car­ring­ton scored a ca­reer-high 24 points and hauled down 10 re­bounds to lead the No. 14 Car­di­nal in the Play4Kay Show­case in Las Ve­gas.

Alanna Smith added 15 points and eight re­bounds, Na­dia Fin­gall 11 points and Marta Sniezek 10 points with eight re­bounds and seven as­sists for the Car­di­nal (3-2).

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