COVID issues force St. Mary’s men to postpone Saturday’s WCC opener vs. USF

Via Peters

Coronavirus issues continue to upend schedules throughout sports, particularly in college basketball. The latest example: On Friday afternoon, St. Mary’s announced that its WCC opener against USF, set for 5 p.m. Saturday in Moraga, has been postponed because of health and safety protocols affecting the Gaels’ program.

That means all seven scheduled WCC games for the opening weekend (Thursday and Saturday) have been postponed because of virus issues.

“Our program is disappointed to learn that St. Mary’s is unable to compete tomorrow as scheduled due to COVID protocols within (its) program,” USF head coach Todd Golden said in a statement issued by the Dons. “We have worked together with the Gaels to secure a date in February to make up the game during our mutual bye week. We look forward to beginning our conference season next week.”

The Dons and Gaels put together impressive nonconference resumes. USF is 13-1, with its lone loss a 49-48 decision to Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Dec. 18. Guard Jamaree Bouyea ranks third in the WCC in scoring at 17.8 points per game. The Dons owned a NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) ranking of 34 as of Friday morning.

St. Mary is 12-3, including a 9-0 mark at home. Forward/center Matthias Tass leads the Gaels in scoring at 12.5 points per game and leads the conference in field-goal percentage at 62.8. The Gaels’ NET ranking was 43.

Virus issues permitting, the Dons will open WCC play at No. 4 Gonzaga (11-2) on Thursday night. That same evening, the Gaels are scheduled to face Santa Clara (10-5) at the Leavey Center.

Steve Kroner is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @SteveKronerSF


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