Ford, Fitts lift Gaels to big win over Lobos
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.