9:22 PM ET, March 19, 2013
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio -- After Matthew Dellavedova's second straight 3-point shot was right on target, Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis called a timeout to reset his defense.Didn't matter. Saint Mary's career scoring leader had regained his touch, and nothing was going to stop him.Dellavedova emerged from a deep shooting slump by scoring 22 points on Tuesday night, and the Gaels raced to a fast start in their second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the First Four.The Gaels (28-6) make a quick trip to Auburn Hills, Mich., to play sixth-seeded Memphis on Thursday.And Saint Mary's can thank its point guard, who is back in the flow. He'd been only 1-of-18 from behind the arc coming into the game, though no one would know it by the way that first one went in.
Brennan: Slump Ends As NCAAs Begin
On Tuesday night, playing for a spot in the NCAA's 64-team "second round," Dellavedova's long-range drought lasted exactly 3 minutes and 2 seconds, Eamonn Brennan writes. Blog
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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 19: Mitchell Young #3 of the St. Mary's Gaels moves the ball in the post against Middle...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-46 (.457)||22-52 (.423)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-14 (.571)||4-12 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-25 (.680)||6-7 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
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