Saint Mary’s Gaels beat Ohio Bobcats in Rainbow Classic
HONOLULU (AP) - Patrick Mills scored 23 points to lead Saint Mary’s to a 70-63 victory over Ohio to win the Rainbow Classic Saturday night.
Todd Golden added 13 points for the Gaels (10-1).
Jerome Tillman led Ohio (8-4) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Leon Williams also had a double-double for the Bobcats, adding 20 points and 13 boards.
Saint Mary’s hit three consecutive 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run to open the second half that gave the Gaels a 36-28 lead with 17:46 remaining. The Gaels extended their lead to as much as 16 midway through the second half.
Ohio pulled to within six, 62-56, on Bert Whittington?s layup with 1:34 to play. But Saint Mary’s made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute and a half to hold on for the win.
Ohio led 28-25 at halftime.
After shooting just 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, the Gaels made nine of their first 10 shots to open the second.