Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Saint Mary's knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

Saint Mary's upsets Gonzaga for WCC title, earns NCAA tourney berth Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary's score: Gaels upset No. 1 Zags to win WCC Tournament
Sidney Guerrero | 17 March, 2019, 12:25

Gonzaga's 18-game WCC tournament winning streak, dating to the 2012 title game, also came to an end, and so too could its bid for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga dominated the WCC during the regular season, finishing 16-0 while winning by a conference-record 27 points per game.

The Gaels locked down the perimeter, limiting the Zags to 2-of-17 shooting from 3-point territory.

Saint Mary's narrowly failed to reach the NCAA Tournament past year after falling to Brigham Young in the second round of the conference tourney.

Gonzaga will look to continue their historic streak on Tuesday night, while the Gaels will look to play spoiler and clinch an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Two of those wins came against Saint Mary's: 66-55 in Moraga, California and 94-46 in Spokane, Washington.

The Bulldogs cruised into their 20th straight title game under Few - and 22nd overall - by crushing Pepperdine 100-74 in Monday's semifinals. In fact, Gonzaga scored only 24 points in the first half, setting a new season-low. We were able to keep them out of transition and take care of the ball. The junior, who averages 8.9 points per game, had 13 by halftime to push the Gaels to a 27-24 lead. By the time the reality of the upset set in, the confidence Saint Mary's had gained from leading for most of the game powered them through in the final minutes.

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Final score: Saint Mary's 60, Gonzaga 47.

Temple: The Owls (23-8, 13-5 AAC) have played some of their best basketball over the past few weeks, winning six of seven heading into their first game in the AAC Tournament on Friday. This group's tough. They're resilient, we were 3-4 to start the year and a lot of people didn't think we were good.

The headline here is obviously Gonzaga's loss and whether it will impact the Bulldogs' pursuit of a no. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time during the season that the team trailed at the break against a conference opponent.

Saint Mary's never allowed Hachimura to get into a flow, banging him around and bringing help defense anytime he made a move.

Both teams await their NCAA seedings on Selection Sunday this weekend.

Brenna Chase scored 25 points, Shaylee Gonzales added 20 and Brigham Young (25-6) beat No. 12 Gonzaga (28-4) in Las Vegas to win its third West Coast Conference tournament title.

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