ANAHEIM -- Saint Mary's College coach Randy Bennett had little to feel good about Sunday after Georgia Tech handed the Gaels a 65-56 defeat in the third-place game of the DirecTV Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Saint Mary's lost its second consecutive game when the Yellow Jackets held Australian star Matthew Dellavedova to five points -- his lowest total in two seasons.

"We used our size or our quickness," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "We made him work for everything he got."

Dellavedova got little, and the Gaels suffered for it.

He made 1 of 8 shots, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range, and had five turnovers as Saint Mary's fumbled its way through a rugged second half.

"People have seen us and scouted us," Bennett said. "We can't be the team that Matt has to get 30 to win. We have much better players than that."

The two-time West Coast Conference reigning champion also lost Friday to future league opponent Pacific 76-66.

Gaels guard Stephen Holt said Saint Mary's (4-2) has time to figure it out.

"We lost some key seniors," said Holt, who led his team with 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists but also had five turnovers. "They'll get going. We need to correct a few things, not turn the ball over. Some guys need to step up and make some shots."

Despite outrebounding Georgia Tech by 12, Saint Mary's played too sloppily in losing to an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the 10th time in 11 games.


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The 21 turnovers bothered Bennett the most.

"We're so bad in that area we can't finish a game," he said. "I'm surprised where we're at offensively. This team has a lot of room to grow."

In the first meeting between the schools, Georgia Tech (4-1) choked off the offense with double and triple teams on Dellavedova whenever he got isolated. When the Aussie Olympian found open players in the post, the big men missed some easy shots.

"We saw that all the time last year," Bennett said of the defensive tactic. "We know how to do that. That's where I'm a little surprised. We're not executing. We're going to see that until we can play through it and beat it."

Brandon Reed made 4 of 6 from 3-point range to score 19 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, who lost to Cal in the tournament semifinals Friday. Mfon Udofia had 11 points and five assists, and Robert Carter Jr. added 11 points and six rebounds.

Georgia Tech came out in sync after trailing by four at halftime to take a 34-28 lead with 14:49 left on consecutive 3-point baskets by Carter and Reed and a lay-in from freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt, who also ended with 11 points.

"We didn't come out with the same grittiness," Holt said.

Saint Mary's outscored the Yellow Jackets 9-3 to lead 40-39 with 8:32 left. Junior forward Beau Levesque led the charge with five consecutive points. But Levesque got his fourth foul with 7:03 left and had to leave the game for the less mobile Mitchell Young.

When Dellavedova threw away the ball with 3:45 left to allow for a fast-break basket and a six-point Georgia Tech, lead the Gaels never seriously challenged again.