St. Mary’s 75, Sam Houston State 65

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Daniel Kickert’s 19 points led a balanced scoring effort as St. Mary’s defeated Sam Houston State 75-66 on Friday night in the opening round of the McCaffrey Classic.

Chase Poole and Tyler Herr added 14 and 11 points, respectively. The Gaels (2-1) also enjoyed a 47-24 rebounding advantage.

Eddy Barlow scored a game-high 24 points and Donald Cole added 20 for Sam Houston State (1-2), which shot 29.6 percent in the first half. Barlow was 6-of-10 from three-point range.

Saint Mary’s advanced to the McCaffrey Classic championship against the winner of the Friday’s late game between host Fresno State and Idaho State.

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