Green, St. Mary's Survive Scare, Advance

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In St. Mary's and Danny Green's stiffest test yet this season, a crucial block from Green and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch led the Gaels to a 66-63 victory over Dominquez.

Green, who finished with 19 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3FG, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks, gained most of his traction on the offensive end of the court in transition. He was unable to get many touches in the halfcourt set, though when he did touch the ball (especially in the paint) he was able to make the most of his chances.

"We don't worry about Danny in particular," said St. Mary's head coach Tim Cluess. "We have five guys on the court at any given time and we focus on a team game."

Perhaps the most important play of the game came with 32 seconds remaining and St. Mary's up by a scant 60-57 score. Green, flying in from off the ball, spiked a shot attempt from Dominquez's Quinton Watkins and then sank two free throws to push St. Mary's' lead to 5 points, a differential which would be challenged late.

"Tonight we were able to take advantage of some mismatches that we had with Tyson Johnson and Gilbert Montalvo, and so I didn't take as many shots early on as I might have," Green said. "That's not a problem, though, because when I was able to get the ball down low or get fouled I can still help the team win."

While the team has yet to play a game as close as this one thus far this season, Cluess points to the physical play and the foul trouble the team experienced early on as key components. Green was forced to sit out the final 7:32 of the first half with two fouls.

"We had five players with two fouls in the first half, but it gives us a chance to develop some of our younger players which will be important," Cluess said.

The game sets up a chance for St. Mary's to advance to the final stages of the Beach Ball Classic, and the team is set to play in the semi-finals tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. against a team yet to be determined. Inside Carolina will be on hand to deliver complete coverage of the game.

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