Winthrop Shocks #18 St. Mary’s College For 3rd Ever Ranked Win

Posted November 12, 2019 7:55 am | Filed under Featured, Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball

MORAGA, CA— Playing for the second consecutive night, Winthrop men’s basketball pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history with a 61-59 at 18th-ranked Saint Mary’s (Ca.), Monday evening at McKeon Pavilion.



  • Jordan Ford (22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)
  • Malik Fitts (18 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals)
  • Tanner Krebs (15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block)


  • Jordan Ford scored back-to-back buckets in the early going to give Saint Mary’s a 9-4 lead
  • A jump hook from D.J. Burns Jr. and long jumper from Josh Ferguson cut the deficit to one with 14:13 left in the half
  • Trailing 13-10 with just under 13 minutes left in the half, Winthrop used a 6-0 run to take the lead 16-13
  • Chase Claxton scored on a reverse layup and then on a stick back to put the Eagles in front 14-13 and then Burns Jr. added a basket inside to cap off the run
  • The Gaels regained the lead as Ford started a 6-0 run with a floater from the free throw line
  • Following a basket by Malik Fitts, Ford stole the ball from Burns Jr. and went the distance for the lay-in and a 19-16 lead with 7:27 remaining in the half
  • Five straight points by the Eagles gave them the lead back as Burns Jr. got his man in the air and scored on a reverse layup
  • Ferguson buried a straight away three with two and a half minutes until the half for a three-point advantage, 24-21
  • Two free throws by Fitts with 33 seconds left put the Gaels on top 25-24
  • Vaudrin gave Winthrop the lead at the half as he backed down his defender, worked his way into the lane and scored off glass for a 26-25 lead
  • Winthrop shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half despite going 1-for-8 behind the arc while holding Saint Mary’s to 36 percent


  • Ferguson opened the scoring in the second half as he scored inside with the left hand for a 28-25 lead
  • Leading 31-30, Winthrop used an 8-0 run to open up its largest lead of the game with 14:34 remaining
  • With 9:39 to play the Gaels made it a three-point game after Dan Fotu scored inside
  • The Eagles and Gaels traded baskets and the Winthrop lead was four with under seven minutes remaining as Ferguson buried a three on the left wing for a seven point advantage
  • After two free throws from Fitts, Vaudrin responded with a right wing three as the Eagles led by eight with just under five to play
  • Tanner Krebs drained a three to make it a two-point game with 1:26 to play
  • Like most of the night, the Eagles answered as Micheal Anumba stepped up and drilled a three for a 59-54 lead with 1:04 to play
  • A missed free throw allowed the Gaels to cut the lead to two points at 59-57 with 17 seconds left
  • Kyle Zunic then stepped up and knocked down two free throws with 13 seconds to play for a 61-57 lead
  • Ford scored quickly for Saint Mary’s to cut the lead back to two points and then fouled Russell Jones Jr. with seven seconds to play, but he missed the free throw as the Gaels had an opportunity to tie or take the lead
  • The Gaels pushed the ball up the court, Ford worked his way toward the basket as the Eagles closed the lane defensively forcing a floater around the edge of the paint that rolled off the rim and out
  • Winthrop shot 44 percent in the second half (3-of-7 from three) while the Gaels shot 47 percent (4-for-11 from three)


  • For the game, Winthrop connected on 46 percent of its field goal attempts while Saint Mary’s shot 40 percent
  • The two teams combined to go 10-for-36 behind the arc (28 percent)
  • Winthrop had an edge in points off turnovers (18-17) and both teams were even on the boards (31-31)
  • Winthrop received 38 points from its bench while Saint Mary’s had just two bench points


  • This was the third win over a ranked team in program history and the first against a ranked team in a true road game
  • It is the first win over a nationally-ranked team since the Eagles defeated 19th-ranked Miami in Sunrise, FL at the Orange Bowl Classic Dec. 29, 2007
  • The three-pointer by Ferguson with two and a half minutes left in the first half was the first three from the Eagles in the game
  • Saint Mary’s had just five different players score in the contest as Ford, Krebs and Fitts combined for 55 of the team’s 59 points
  • Winthrop had eight different scorers in the game
  • The victory over the nationally-ranked Gaels came 24 hours after the Eagles lost at Fresno State in a buzzer beater
  • This was the 697th victory in the history of the program

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