Unbeaten Saint Mary’s faces off with Washington in Wooden final

Saint Mary’s aims to keep its perfect record intact when it opposes Washington on Thursday night in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy at Anaheim, Calif.The Gaels (6-0) reached the title game with a 75-65 victory over Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. Washington (4-1) advanced with a 62-57 triumph over Fresno State.Logan Johnson had a solid all-around game for Saint Mary’s with 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.”He was really good,” Gaels associate head coach Mickey McConnell said of Johnson on the school’s postgame radio show. “Early on, he got us going. … He was huge for us. He’s grown so much as a playmaker. It’s a nice weapon for us.”Aidan Mahaney scored 20 points and Mitchell Saxen added 19 to form a stellar scoring trio with Johnson.The 20-point outing was the second of the season for Mahaney, a freshman who is quickly forming a bond with Johnson.”He’s an elite leader and I think that speaks more than any stat number he can put up,” Mahaney said on the radio network.As for Washington, its tight defense forced 21 turnovers, which was crucial as the Huskies shot 37.9 percent from the field.

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