Saint Mary’s defeats Portland 70-43

Rob Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary’s

defeated Portland 70-43 on Thursday night to give the Gaels at

least a share of the West Coast Conference title for the second

straight season.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Saint Mary’s

(24-5, 13-2), which dropped out of the national rankings with

losses in three of their previous four games. Clint Steindl

finished with 15 points.

Nemanja Mitrovic had 14 points for the Pilots (6-22, 3-12), who

have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

Portland went up 14-11 early after Mitrovic’s layup and free

throw. But the Gaels responded with a 9-0 run capped by Matthew

Dellavedova’s layup that made it 20-14 midway through the first

half.

Saint Mary’s pulled away from there, leading 35-18 at the half.

The Gaels led by as many as 31 points in the second half.