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Saint Mary's pulls away from Loyola Marymount 68-54

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MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Kerry Carter hit 6 of 8 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Saint Mary's to a 68-54 win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday.

Brad Waldow added 14 points and Aaron Bright had 13 with 7 assists for the Gaels (17-4, 9-1 West Coast Conference). Garrett Jackson had 10 rebounds as Saint Mary's had a 33-24 advantage on the boards.

Godwin Okonji had 14 points and Ayodeji Egbeyemi added 10 for the Lions (6-16, 2-8).

Saint Mary's closed the first half on a 13-4 run, with Carter, who had 12 points, hitting three straight 3s, for a 35-32 lead.

Egbeyemi opened the second half with a trey to tie the game, but Desmond Simmons responded with a jumper and Carter hit 3 allowing the Gaels to steadily pull away.

Waldow was 6 of 8 from the field and Carter 6 of 9 as the Gaels shot 50 percent, 11 of 23 behind the arc.