Hughes’ 18 points leads Saint Mary’s to a win over Drake, 72-66

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MORAGA, Calif. (AP)—Carlin Hughes scored 18 points and had five assists to lead Saint Mary’s to a 72-66 victory over Drake in the final of the Saint Mary’s Tip-off Classic on Saturday.

Omar Samhan added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Gaels. Todd Golden added 12 points, all of which came on 3-point field goals, including a shot with :47 remaining that gave Saint Mary’s a 68-63 lead.

Saint Mary’s is off to only its second 2-0 start in 12 seasons. They won their first two games of the 2004-05 season and finished with a 25-9 record that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Drake, which led by as many as eight early in the second half, was paced by Jonathan Cox, who scored 18 points and had nine rebounds. Josh Young added 16 points, while Leonard Houston scored 11.

Saint Mary’s had five players in double digits. Patrick Mills and Ian O’Leary scored 10 points apiece. The Gaels were 12 of 28 on 3-point field-goal attempts. Mills, who helped Australia qualify for the 2008 Olympics, played just 11 minutes in the first half as he picked up three fouls. His two free throws with :35 remaining extended the Gaels lead to 70-63.

Drake shot 54 percent from the field in the first half to take a 38-35 lead after 12 lead changes.

The Bulldogs fall to 1-1. Keno Davis was looking to become the first Drake coach to begin his career with a 2-0 record since Howard Stacey opened with back-to-back victories in 1971. Davis succeeded his father, Dr. Tom Davis, who retired after four seasons.

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J. Cox J. Cox
6-12,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists
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O. Samhan O. Samhan
5-10,  12 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists

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