MORAGA -- Calvin Hermanson scored 16 and Saint Mary's notched its ninth straight 20-win season with a 68-62 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night.
The Gaels (20-4, 11-3 West Coast Conference) had their largest lead at 43-23 after Hermanson capped a 10-2 start to the second half with a 3-pointer at the 14:33 mark.
The Lions (11-15, 4-11) steadily chipped away at the deficit for the rest of the second half and Steven Haney's 4-point play cut it to seven with 42 seconds left. But LMU got no closer than the final score.
Emmett Naar added 13 points and seven assists for the Gaels. Evan Fitzner scored 12 and Dane Pineau had nine points and 10 rebounds.