In Men's Basketball, Gaels Return to Form in Walloping of Davidson

Alex Ducas scores 23 points for SMC in an 89–55 win.

by SMC Athletics | November 27, 2023

The Saint Mary's Gaels fired on all cylinders in front of a sizable crowd inside UCU Pavilion on November 24, handing Davidson a 34 point defeat, 89–55. Saint Mary's shot better than 50% from the field, including a 48% clip from three en route to the much needed victory. The win ends a brief three game skid from the Gaels, who now have a record of 3–3 and hope to have shaken off their early season slump.

Everything went right for the Gaels to start the contest, opening the game on a 21–5 run over the first 6:15 and shooting 75% from the field over that stretch. Davidson cleaned up their act towards the latter part of the first half, but the Gaels kept their hot play going, taking a 44–20 lead into the break. Saint Mary's had two in double figures in the first half, as Augustas Marciulionis dropped 15, and Alex Ducas scored 11 while dishing out three assists. 

Mitchell Saxen reached a double-double early in the second half—his first of the season—as the Gaels kept the pedal to the metal in the second frame. By the final horn, Saxen had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Every active Gael touched the court and recorded at least one positive stat.

Alex Ducas was the biggest offensive threat for the Gaels, with 23 points and a career-high seven three pointers. Ducas also had five assists—tying a career best. Joining Ducas in double figures were Aidan Mahaney (17), Augustus Marciulionis (17) and Mitchell Saxen (12). Marciulionis' scoring output was a new career high. 


The Gaels host Utah on Monday, November 27. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. 

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