Ford, Fitts lift Gaels to big win over Lo­bos

The Mercury News - - Sports - Tribune News Ser­vice con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Jor­dan Ford scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half, and Saint Mary’s routed New Mex­ico 8560 on Fri­day in the open­ing game of the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Clas­sic triple­header at Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

The Gaels (6-4) rolled to big leads at the start of each half in win­ning their third in a row. Ma­lik Fitts added 15 points. Both Ford and Fitts played with three fouls in the sec­ond half.

Keith McGee scored 12 points, and Makuach Malu­ach added 10 points for the Lo­bos (4-3), who were play­ing their third road game in six days. They lost both their games this week by a com­bined 60 points.

Saint 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.

It was all Saint Mary’s to start the sec­ond half. The Gaels scored 15 straight points be­hind five by Ford and four from Fitts to ex­tend their lead to 58-29. IDAHO STATE 68, SANTA CLARA 66 >> The Bron­cos (36) squan­dered a 14-point lead in the sec­ond half and lost at home to the Ben­gals (4-3). Tahj Eaddy led Santa Clara with 17 points. Kelvin Jones scored 14 of his 20 points in the fi­nal 10 min­utes to pace Idaho State. TCU 96, USC 61 >> Alex Robin­son scored 15 points to lead six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures, and the Horned Frogs (7-1) drubbed the Tro­jans (5-4) for their fourth straight vic­tory at the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Clas­sic in Los An­ge­les. Ben­nie Boatwright scored 14 points, and Nick Rako­ce­vic added 13 for USC.

TCU hit a sea­son-high 12 3-point­ers, led by Jaylen Fisher with five.

ALLEN, LOBO TO HAVE UCONN NUM­BERS RE­TIRED >> UConn will re­tire the num­bers of for­mer bas­ket­ball stand­outs Ray Allen and Re­becca Lobo, the school an­nounced.

Fol­low­ing a cer­e­mony in early March, no UConn player will be per­mit­ted to wear Allen’s No. 34 or Lobo’s No. 50.

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