DAYTON, Ohio — Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points, and Saint Mary’s got a good start on its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee.
The Gaels (28-6) get a quick trip to Auburn Hills, Mich., to play sixth-seeded Memphis on Thursday.
Saint Mary’s is making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in its history.
The Gaels reached the round of 16 in 2010 before losing to Baylor. Not so good last year, when they dropped their opening game to Purdue 72-69.
Middle Tenessee (28-6) was making its first NCAAtournament appearance in 24 years.