Saint Mary’s (Cal) 69, Portland 61

Steven Holt tied a career-high with 21 points and added seven

rebounds, five assists and five steals as Saint Mary’s beat

Portland 69-61 Saturday night.

Rob Jones added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Gaels (17-2,

6-0 West Coast), who have won seven straight and were coming off an

83-62 rout of No. 21 Gonzaga on Thursday. It was Jones’ 14th

double-double of the season.

Thomas van der Mars had 18 points and Ryan Nichols 16 for

Portland (5-13, 2-3).

Saint Mary’s led 30-25 at halftime and used a 17-5 run to go up

47-30 with 14:24 left in the game. Portland pulled within 55-46

with 8:21 remaining, but the Gaels scored five of the next seven

points to push the lead back to double digits. The Pilots scored

five points in the final moments to cut the final margin back to

single digits.