NCAA BK

Landale records double-double, Saint Mary's beats VCU 85-77

Saint Mary's center Jock Landale (34) and center Evan Fitzner (21) scramble for the ball with Virginia Commonwealth forward Justin Tillman (4) during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

Saint Mary's center Jock Landale (34) and center Evan Fitzner (21) scramble for the ball with Virginia Commonwealth forward Justin Tillman (4) during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jock Landale had 18 points and 13 rebounds as seventh-seeded Saint Mary's held on for an 85-77 victory over No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region on Thursday night.

The Gaels led most of the way, but had to fight to hold on after the VCU defensive pressure started to become too much in the second half.

Joe Rahon and Calvin Hermanson finished with 16 points apiece for Saint Mary's.

More from FoxSports

JeQuan Lewis paced VCU with 30 points.