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Landale's huge night powers Saint Mary's past San Jose State

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Landale's huge night powers Saint Mary's past San Jose State

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MORAGA -- Jock Landale credits his teammates for finding him at all the right moments in all the right places to make his shots at a remarkably reliable rate. Opposing coach Dave Wojcik praises Landale for the ease with which he scores through double-teams.

Landale is shooting at a 75-percent clip this season, and the emerging big man is the biggest reason No. 15 Saint Mary's is on a roll. His balanced supporting cast sure helps, too.

The 6-foot-11 center scored 24 points and didn't miss a shot until 6:49 remained, and the Gaels beat Bay Area neighbor San Jose State 81-64 on Tuesday night.

When asked if he knew what Landale was shooting, fellow Australian Emmett Naar responded: "Probably pretty bad, I imagine. He's not very good."

"Twelve percent," Landale said, chuckling.

Landale has made 36 of 48 field goal attempts over his first four games for Saint Mary's (4-0), which followed up a 61-57 victory Saturday at Dayton with another impressive win. He went 9 for 10 and also had seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Landale has emerged as a force in the low post as senior starting forward Dane Pineau deals with lower back issues that have limited him so far.

"We've got to throw him the ball; he's a beast in there," said Naar, who added 16 points.

Calvin Hermanson also scored 16 for Saint Mary's.

With coach Randy Bennett remaining cautious, Pineau didn't play at all for the first time in four games after his back flared up again before tipoff.

Joe Rahon contributed eight points, seven assists, five rebounds and three blocks for Saint Mary's, which holds its highest ranking in the AP poll since it also was 15th in 1959. The program is ranked in the preseason poll for the first time.

Ryan Welage scored 17 points and Jaycee Hillsman had 16 for San Jose State (1-3), which hung tough with the West Coast Conference favorite for most of the game but couldn't avoid a third straight defeat.

"It's a good measuring stick for us," Wojcik said. "Nobody in the country thought we would win the game. I just told them, `We believe and you've got to prove yourself.'"

Saint Mary's shot 60.7 percent in the first half but led only 43-40 at the break as San Jose State took advantage of 10 Saint Mary's fouls and converted 10 of 11 free throws.

"I didn't think our starters came out and played as well as we need to defensively," Bennett said. "We don't give up 40 points in a half very often. The problem was never offensively. Our deal is we're going to have to be consistent defensively."

COSTLY TECHNICAL:
San Jose State's Brandon Clarke was whistled for his third foul with 14:01 left and it turned into a costly four-point swing that produced a 58-51 Saint Mary's lead after he picked up a technical for swearing after the initial call.

The Gaels used that play to start an 18-2 run and build a 72-53 lead.

Clarke apologized to his teammates for his second career technical.

"That kind of spun the game around," he said. "I just pretty much told them sorry. I just felt like that was a turning point and I let them down with that play. It's stuff I can learn from."

Wojcik liked the emotion, the coach just wished his sophomore forward had kept it to himself.

BIG PICTURE:
San Jose State: The Spartans' last victory against a Top 25 team was 60-59 in overtime against No. 19 Alabama on Dec. 27, 1996. ... The Spartans haven't beaten Saint Mary's since Nov. 26, 2000, in Moraga, and this was the first matchup between the teams since Nov. 20, 2009.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels matched their longest winning streak in the series at six. ... They have outscored opponents 274-207 in their first three home games at McKeon Pavilion. ... Saint Mary's is 115-32 against non-conference opponents over the past 10 years. ... Former Gaels star Stephen Holt, on a break from playing professionally in Spain, was in attendance and recognized on the court during an early timeout.

UP NEXT:
San Jose State: At Washington State on Sunday in the middle game of a three-game road trip that includes another Palouse matchup eight miles away at Idaho two days later.

Saint Mary's: Takes on the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Sunday in Las Vegas before going to Stanford next Wednesday.

Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

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Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing several charges following a domestic incident in which a victim was injured, police said.

Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.

“Jabari Bird is currently being guarded by the Boston Police at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident that occurred in Brighton on Friday,” the department said in a brief statement Saturday. “The victim involved in the incident was also transported to a separate hospital for treatment of injuries sustained.”

Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. He could be arraigned as early as Monday in Brighton District Court. Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston.

No other details were immediately released.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the Celtics said in a statement on Saturday. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”

A message left with Bird’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, was not immediately returned.

Bird, 24, played his college basketball at California where he earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and led the Golden Bears in scoring in his final season at the school.

He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3.0 points per game.

Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn caps monster season by winning Golden Spikes Award

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Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn caps monster season by winning Golden Spikes Award

LOS ANGELES – One of the most prolific seasons in Cal baseball history has earned Andrew Vaughn a spot among the elite names ever to play the game on the amateur level as he has been named the Golden Spikes Award winner by USA Baseball and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.

The award, which has been given to the nation’s top amateur player annually since 1978, is considered one of the highest honors a college baseball player can earn. The announcement came as part of ESPN’s SportsCenter telecast on Thursday afternoon with three of the four finalists – Vaughn, Texas infielder Kody Clemens and Auburn pitcher Casey Mize – in studio at ESPN Los Angeles.

Vaughn is the first Cal baseball player to earn the honor and is only the second to be named a finalist, joining Lance Blankenship (1984). He is the eighth Pac-12 player to bring home the award and joins a group that includes UCLA’s Trevor Bauer (2011), Washington's Tim Lincecum (2006), USC's Mark Prior (2001), Arizona State's Mike Kelly (1991), Oddibe McDowell (1984) and Bob Horner (1978) and Arizona's Terry Francona (1980). 

The announcement came live on SportsCenter at ESPN’s Los Angeles studios. After being announced as the winner, Vaughn was joined on set by his parents, Toby and Diana, along with his sister, Madison, and Cal head coach Mike Neu. 

From a statistical standpoint, the award is certainly deserved for the native of Santa Rosa, Calif. after he turned in one of the greatest single seasons in Cal baseball history.

A sophomore first baseman, Vaughn started all 54 games and hit .402, a mark that ranks third in Cal single-season history. His 23 home runs tied the single-season record set by Xavier Nady in 1999 and his slugging percentage of .819 is the best in school history. 

He also drove in 63 runs, walked 44 times, got hit by a pitch 12 times and struck out only 18 times. His on-base percentage of .531 ranks fourth in the nation. Vaughn was also one of the conference's best defenders at his position, compiling a fielding percentage of .992 and earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.

The announcement came as part of a two-day trip to Los Angeles for Vaughn, who has stayed busy since the end of the collegiate season. Beginning the summer as a member of the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, Vaughn left New England as the league leader in both home runs (5) and RBI (14) after 14 games played.

Before heading to Southern California, he moved down the East Coast to Cary, N.C. to begin his second stint with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. International play begins for Team USA on June 28 when Chinese Taipei visits for a five-game series. The team will also take on Japan and Cuba as play extends into mid-July.

Cal Athletics provided this report.