Saint Mary's (Calif.) coach Randy Bennett talks with center Evan Fitzner during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in Moraga, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Saint Mary's won 85-74. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Jeff Chiu
January 01, 2016

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Calvin Hermanson made 5 of 7 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to help Saint Mary's beat BYU 85-74 on Thursday night.

Jock Landale and Dane Pineau had 14 points apiece and Emmett Naar and Evan Fitzner each added 13 for the Gaels (12-1, 3-0 West Coast Conference) to win their sixth straight.

Saint Mary's made 8 of 9 shots down the stretch to help build its largest lead at 75-60.

At halftime, BYU (9-5, 0-1) had season lows for points scored (27) and shooting (28.2 percent) in a half. The Cougars opened the second with a 10-0 run to lead 37-36. The Gaels took the lead back right away and restored most of their advantage with a 12-3 run.

Chase Fischer had 21 points to lead the Cougars. Kyle Davis had 16 points, Nick Emery scored 11 and Nate Austin grabbed 14 rebounds.

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