MORAGA -- Playing its sixth straight game in the comfy confines of McKeon Pavilion, the Saint Mary's College basketball team remained undefeated with an 89-64 win over Murray State.
Saturday night's contest was a return game from 2012 when the Racers beat Saint Mary's in a marquee ESPN BracketBusters matchup in Kentucky. Both teams look different this time around — the Gaels graduated all-time leading scorer Matthew Dellavedova and the Racers lost Isaiah Canaan to the Houston Rockets.
In the rematch, which quickly turned into a blowout, Saint Mary's continued to prove it's going to be just fine without its former star.
Brad Waldow scored 18 points, leading four Gaels in double figures.
Saint Mary's (6-0) already had a 20-point lead just over 15 minutes in, and their advantage ballooned to 49-27 at halftime. Waldow scored six straight points in a 12-0 run and the Gaels' defense held the Racers (2-5) without a field goal for more than six minutes.
"I feel like we're more talented than we were last year," Waldow said. "We have a lot more depth than we had last year."
Waldow, a junior center, has scored in double figures in each of the Gaels' six games. He also added five assists, including a nifty behind the back pass to Garrett Jackson that gave the Gaels their largest lead of the night at 76-44.
"For a long time we played at a pretty high level, offensively especially," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "That might have been the best we played this season. I thought we improved this week."
Bennett only partially agreed with Waldow's assessment of this year's team, though.
"I would say deeper, but we had a pretty good player from last year who's now starting NBA games," Bennett said referring to Dellavedova. "I haven't forgotten him. But we are deep and we're getting there."
Starting guard James Walker III set a new career high with 16 points, going 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Stephen Holt also scored 16 and dished out seven assists.
Kerry Carter came off the bench to contribute 10 points.
Carter, Walker and Holt combined to shoot 10 of 17 from 3-point range and the Gaels had 21 assists as a team.
But they barely out-rebounded the Racers 29-28, which remains an area of concern for Bennett.
Jarvis Williams had 16 points and nine assists to lead Murray State, which has posted 26 consecutive winning seasons but has yet to beat a Division I team this year.
Saint Mary's still has one more home game (Dec. 8 against Eastern Washington) before finally taking its first road trip to Boise State on Dec. 14.