Inside the boxscore: St. Mary’s 77, Portland 42

1. St. Mary’s forced the Pilots into 20 turnovers in 67 possessions. The 29.9% turnover rate was the highest for any Gaels opponent this season, and the highest since last year when the Pilots played in Moraga.

2. Stephen Holt had three steals on the night, which moved him past David Carter and into 5th place all time. If he continues at his current pace and stays healthy, he will finish his career as the all-time leader in steals for St. Mary’s, passing Diamon Simpson sometime late next year.

3. Matthew Dellavedova entered the game in the midst of a 4-17 3-pt funk (23.5%). Vs Portland Delly made 5-9 and led all scorers with 23 points. He now needs 121 points to pass Daniel Kickert as the all-time leader for the Gaels. If he does that, he’ll graduate as the all-time leader in points, assists, 3-pointers, games played, and games started.

4. James Walker is another Gael who entered the game in a 3-pt slump. He was just 1 for his last 8 (12.5%). He made 2-4 vs Portland to raise his season average to a team high 43%.

5. The Gaels allowed just 42 points in 67 possessions. They have now held three of the past five opponents to 0.76 points per possession or lower. Those are their three best defensive efforts of the year. They are now No. 2 in the WCC in defensive efficiency in conference games. They haven’t led the WCC in defense since the 2005-06 season.