Flash fall apart in 2nd half

The Associated Press

MORAGA, Calif. — Calvin Hermanson scored 24 points and sparked a pair of big runs with his 3-point shooting as No. 22 Saint Mary’s pulled away to beat Saint Francis, 85-68, on Saturday.

Jock Landale had 13 points and eight rebounds, Evan Fitzner added 10 points and Emmett Naar scored eight with a career-high 12 assists to help Saint Mary’s to its 16th consecutive season-opening win.

Hermanson scored eight consecutive points as part of a 12-0 run late in the first half then made two 3s during a 10-0 spurt in the second half when the Gaels extended their lead to 18.

Saint Francis, which last beat a ranked team in 1959, couldn’t keep up.

Jamaal King had 15 points, Isaiah Blackmon scored 12 and Keith Braxton added 10 for the Red Flash, the preseason favorites to win the Northeast Conference after finishing 17-17 in 2016.

The Red Flash made the Gaels sweat early but had trouble after halftime on both ends. Coach Rob Krimmel’s team was outrebounded 36-22.

Saint Francis stays in Northern California to play at San Francisco on Monday.

ST. FRANCIS (0-1): Kuzavas 3-6 1-2 7, Braxton 4-12 0-0 10, Gaskins 1-3 0-0 2, Blackmon 5-14 2-3 12, King 5-6 4-4 15, Flagg 3-3 0-1 6, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Wolford 1-3 1-1 3, Baker 1-1 1-1 3, Harmon 1-2 0-0 3, Vallien 0-0 1-2 1, Klebon 0-0 2-2 2, Meredith 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 25-52 14-18 68.

SAINT MARY’S (CAL) (1-0): Hermanson 9-10 1-1 24, Fitzner 4-7 0-0 10, Landale 6-8 1-1 13, Naar 4-5 0-0 8, Ford 2-7 1-1 6, Thomas 2-3 0-0 6, Sheets 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 1-1 0-0 2, Hunter 3-7 0-0 6, Kuhse 0-1 0-0 0, Neal 1-9 0-0 2, Krebs 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 35-65 3-3 85.

Halftime–Saint Mary’s (Cal) 46-36. 3-Point Goals–St. Francis 4-12 (Braxton 2-5, Harmon 1-1, King 1-2, Wolford 0-1, Meredith 0-1, Blackmon 0-2), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 12-26 (Hermanson 5-6, Thomas 2-2, Fitzner 2-3, Krebs 2-5, Ford 1-5, Kuhse 0-1, Neal 0-4). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–St. Francis 20 (Kuzavas 5), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 35 (Landale 8). Assists–St. Francis 8 (Braxton 4), Saint Mary’s (Cal) 24 (Naar 12). Total Fouls–St. Francis 11, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 22.

Elsewhere:

NO. 1 DUKE 99, UTAH VALLEY 69: Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski became the first men’s Division I coach to win 1,000 games at one school Saturday night when his top-ranked Blue Devils beat Utah Valley behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from freshman Marvin Bagley III. Grayson Allen added 18 points for Duke (2-0) while three other freshmen also had big nights: Trevon Duval had 15 points and 12 assists, Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points and Wendell Carter Jr. had 12. Utah Valley, which pestered No. 5 Kentucky a night earlier, gave Duke about 10 minutes’ worth of trouble before the Blue Devils pulled away on the strength of arguably the nation’s best freshman class. Krzyzewski, who in 2015 became the first men’s coach at college basketball’s top level to reach the 1,000-win mark, improved to 1,073-330 during a 43-year career that also included a half-decade at his alma mater, Army. In 38 seasons at Duke, he is 1,000-271.

No. 14 Notre Dame 72, DePaul 58: T.J. Gibbs scored 21 points to lead No. 14 Notre Dame to a victory over DePaul in the season opener for both teams. Bonzie Colson had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Matt Farrell added 15 points for the Irish, who have Final Four aspirations after going 26-10 overall and 12-6 in the ACC last season. Eli Cain and Tre’Darius McCallum scored 14 points apiece for DePaul, which went 9-23 last season. Max Strus added 11 points and Devin Gage had 10. The Irish — who were picked by the media to finish third behind No. 1 Duke and No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC — made 9 of 12 3-point attempts after halftime. They hit 12 of 27 from beyond the arc overall.

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