Landale, Krebs lead Saint Mary’s past UNC Asheville 95-69

Saint Mary's (Cal.) center Jock Perry (5) celebrates with guard Tanner Krebs (00) and guard Emmett Naar (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UNC Asheville in Moraga, Calif., Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Jock Landale and Tanner Krebs combined for 45 points as Saint Mary’s defeated North Carolina Asheville 95-69 on Friday, pushing its win streak to six games as it readies to open West Coast Conference play.

The Gaels (11-2) shot 52 percent from the floor with 15 3-pointers and outrebounded UNC Asheville 40-24. Landale scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. He has seven double-doubles this season including five in a row. Krebs scored 22 points on 6-for-12 shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Emmett Naar had 12 assists to go with seven points.

A pair of Landale free throws gave the Gaels a 15-5 lead before the game was four minutes old, and they led 56-29 as Krebs closed out the first half with a 3-pointer.

Ahmad Thomas scored 22 points and Macio Teague 18 for UNC Asheville (7-6), which was just 2 of 11 from distance. The Bulldogs upended Cal 58-53 the last time they travelled to California, in 1988.