ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mitchell Young scored a career-high 28 points and Saint Mary's pulled away in the final 2:46 to beat Long Beach State 82-74 in the John R. Wooden Classic doubleheader on Saturday.
Leading 70-68, Mickey McConnell scored eight of Saint Mary's final 12 points to close out an up-and-down game for the Gaels (9-2), who have won three in a row. He finished with 18 points.
T.J. Robinson scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for Long Beach State (5-7), which lost its third straight and for the fifth time in seven games.
It was the first Wooden Classic to be played since its namesake died in June at 99.