Saint Mary’s (Cal) 98, Fresno Pacific 58

Rob Jones had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds and Saint

Mary’s shot a scorching 56 percent from the field in a 98-58 rout

of Fresno Pacific on Friday night.

Clint Steindl added 14 points on 4-for-7 3-point shooting off

the bench for the Gaels (1-0), who have four starters returning

from last year’s team that was left out of the NCAA Tournament

field despite a 25-9 record and a West Coast Conference

co-championship.

Fresno Pacific (2-3) got as close as 43-28 with just over a

minute left in the first half, but the Gaels scored 12 of the next

14 points to make it 55-30 with 17:38 remaining in the game.

Saint Mary’s tallied 12 steals and held Fresno Pacific to 36

percent shooting from the field.