After a promising start to the season, the Saint Mary’s Gaels have hit a rough patch. Before heading to the Hawaiian Islands, the Gaels were a perfect 9-0. After losing three games in four days in the Diamond Head Classic, Saint Mary’s was in desperate need to get back on track in a top-heavy West Coast Conference. After defeating Pacific by eight to earn their first conference win of the season, Saint Mary’s seemed to have stopped the bleeding just in the nick of time with a road contest against bitter rival Gonzaga.
The win against Pacific was enough to silence some of the screaming issues that have plagued the Gaels recently, but after Thursday, it is evident that the Gaels are in serious trouble. Losing to a conference rival is one thing, but a 22 point drubbing at the hands of Gonzaga is a loss that cannot be overlooked.
St. Mary’s 73-51 loss to Gonzaga was worse than the final score indicates. The Gaels were out-rebounded by the Gonzaga Bulldogs by 17. Gonzaga also shot 49 percent from the floor, nearly 18 percent more than the Gaels. Saint Mary’s only made one three pointer in the game and had two assists. Saint Mary’s is not a three point shooting squad, but in a game where the Gaels were down by 2o or more points for the majority of the game, one would expect more than 12 attempts from outside.
The Gaels will have little time to recover from their traumatic Thursday night loss as they travel to take on the Portland Pilots on Saturday.