Saint Mary’s 61, San Diego 49

Ben Allen scored 16 points and Omar Samhan had a double-double

as Saint Mary’s snapped a two-game losing streak with a 61-49

victory over San Diego on Thursday night.

Saint Mary’s (22-5, 9-3 West Coast Conference) pulled within

one-half game of the conference lead behind No. 13 Gonzaga, which

lost 74-66 at Loyola Marymount.

Samhan, the WCC’s leading scorer at 21.5 points per game, scored

11 points and had 11 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the

season. Samhan, who is also the league’s top rebounder, made just 4

of 15 shots.

Brandon Johnson scored 15 points to lead San Diego (9-19, 2-10),

which lost its fifth straight and has dropped 10 of 11. The Toreros

shot 37.7 percent and were outrebounded 39-25.

Mickey McConnell scored 13 points and Matthew Dellavedova had 12

for Saint Mary’s, which won despite shooting 40.8 percent.