NCAA snub Saint Mary's routs Southeastern Louisiana 89-45

The Associated Press
Saint Mary's Jock Landale (34) is pumped about his team taking the lead late versus St. Mary's during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

NCAA snub Saint Mary's routs Southeastern Louisiana 89-45

Saint Mary's Jock Landale (34) is pumped about his team taking the lead late versus St. Mary's during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- Jock Landale scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting for his 20th 20-plus game of the season and Saint Mary's made 13 3-pointers in an 89-45 rout of Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night in an NIT opener.

Landale scored 11 points in the first quarter as Saint Mary's opened a 19-8 lead and he had three points in a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter for a 31-11 advantage. The Gaels, a top seed, led by at least 18 points the rest of the way and by as many as 44. They will play the winner of Wednesday's Washington-Boise State game in the second round.

Jordan Ford added 19 points with three 3-pointers for Saint Mary's (29-5) and Calvin Hermanson scored all 17 of his points in the first half with five 3-pointers. The Gaels matched their program-record win total from last season.

Jordan Capps led SE Louisiana (22-12), an eight-seed, with 15 of his 19 points in the second half. The Lions were held to 35 percent shooting, including just 1 of 20 from 3-point range.

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