MORAGA, Calif. -- Jock Landale scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting for his 20th 20-plus game of the season and Saint Mary's made 13 3-pointers in an 89-45 rout of Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night in an NIT opener.
Landale scored 11 points in the first quarter as Saint Mary's opened a 19-8 lead and he had three points in a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter for a 31-11 advantage. The Gaels, a top seed, led by at least 18 points the rest of the way and by as many as 44. They will play the winner of Wednesday's Washington-Boise State game in the second round.
Jordan Ford added 19 points with three 3-pointers for Saint Mary's (29-5) and Calvin Hermanson scored all 17 of his points in the first half with five 3-pointers. The Gaels matched their program-record win total from last season.
Jordan Capps led SE Louisiana (22-12), an eight-seed, with 15 of his 19 points in the second half. The Lions were held to 35 percent shooting, including just 1 of 20 from 3-point range.