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.