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Saint Mary's Gaels (29-6)


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vs. Pepper 
W 81-66
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vs. Gonz 
L 75-85
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vs. NMSt 
W 58-56
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vs. UGa 
W 77-65
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@ Valpo 
L 44-60
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Valparaiso advances to its first NIT semis

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 20 points for his seventh straight 20-plus game and Valparaiso advanced to its first NIT semifinals with a 60-44 victory against Saint Mary's on Tuesday night.

Tevonn Walker opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer to give Valparaiso a 32-31 lead - its first since 17-16. Shane Hammink's putback extended it to 40-31 and capped a 16-0 run. Saint Mary's was held scoreless for nine-plus minutes, spanning the halves, and missed it first 10 shots of the second half.

The shooting troubles continued for Saint Mary's as the Gaels shot 20.7 percent in the second half and scored just 13 points.

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Leaders
Points: E. Naar14.0
Rebounds: D. Pineau8.1
Assists: E. Naar6.4
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: E. Naar86.9%
3P%: E. Naar41.8%
Steals: E. Naar1.3
Blocks: D. Pineau1.5
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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West Coast Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Saint Mary's 15-3 29-6
Gonzaga 15-3 28-8
BYU 13-5 26-11
Pepperdine 10-8 18-14
San Francisco 8-10 15-15
Santa Clara 7-11 11-20
Loyola Marymount 6-12 14-17
Portland 6-12 12-20
Pacific 6-12 8-20
San Diego 4-14 9-21
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 73.6 (163)
Rebounds: 8.9 (304)
Assists: 16.7 (16)
FG%: 50.4% (1)
FT%: 68.8% (216)
3P%: 40.6% (9)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 60.9 (5)
Rebounds: 26.1 (110)
Assists: 10.8 (26)
FG%: 40.9% (49)
FT%: 67.2% (50)
3P%: 32.9% (85)
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