Ford helps Gaels win third straight

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS -

St. Mary’s came out shoot­ing and never let up Fri­day.

Jor­dan Ford scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half and St. Mary’s routed New Mex­ico 85-60 in Los An­ge­les.

Ma­lik Fitts added 15 points for the Gaels (6-4), who won their third in a row.

“These guys came ready to roll,” St. Mary’s coach Randy Ben­nett said. “We’re grow­ing up. We’re learn­ing how to put teams away when we have an op­por­tu­nity to do that.”

Keith McGee scored 12 points and Makuach Malu­ach added 10 for the Lo­bos (4-3).

St. Mary’s opened the game with a 22-8 spurt, get­ting eight points from Ford and six by Fitts. Ford scored the Gaels’ fi­nal seven points of the half to put them up 43-29. Idaho State 68, Santa Clara

66: Kelvin Jones scored 14 of his 20 points in the fi­nal 10 min­utes and the Bengals (4-3) over­came a 14-point, sec­ond-half deficit to beat the host Bron­cos (3-6).

A 26-7 run to start the sec­ond half gave Santa Clara a 55-41 lead with 10:26 to go, but Idaho State re­sponded with a 9-0 run to slow the Bron­cos.

Tahj Eaddy had 17 points to lead Santa Clara. Trey Wertz added 13 points, Ke­shawn Jus­tice scored 12 and Hen­rik Jader­sten had 10 for the Bron­cos. TCU 96, USC 61: Alex Robin­son scored 15 points to lead six Horned Frogs in dou­ble fig­ures as TCU (7-1) beat the Tro­jans (5-4) in Los An­ge­les.

Ben­nie Boatwright scored 14 points and Nick Rako­ce­vic added 13 for USC, which has lost two in a row.

Mark J. Ter­rill / As­so­ci­ated Press

St. Mary’s guard Jor­dan Ford, who scored 28 points, drives be­tween Makuach Malu­ach and An­thony Mathis (32) in the Gaels’ 85-60 win over New Mex­ico in Los An­ge­les.

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