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West Coast Conference Tournament Recaps(Saturday, March 9th)
Final Score: (1) Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 48
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Elias Harris scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as Gonzaga earned its first-ever victory as a No. 1 team with a 66-48 triumph over Loyola Marymount in a semifinal matchup in the West Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday at Orleans Arena.
Kevin Pangos followed with 14 points, while Gary Bell, Jr. and WCC Player of the Year Kelly Olynyk added eight points apiece for the Bulldogs (30-2), who have won 13 straight games and are headed to the WCC title game for the 16th straight season.
Gonzaga will be vying for its 12th tourney crown since 1995 when they take on defending champion Saint Mary's in Monday's title game.
Anthony Ireland led the Lions (11-23) with 19 points and six boards.
LMU held the Bulldogs to 9-of-24 shooting from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, in the first half to stay within one, 27-26, at the break.
The margin was one, 32-31, just under two minutes into the second half before Gonzaga came to life, as a Pangos jumper sparked a 18-2 surge that Harris capped with back-to-back buckets to make it 50-33 at the midpoint of the frame.
The Lions answered with five straight points to pull within 12, but Harris countered with a personal 6-0 sprint to push the margin to 18 with 4:18 remaining.
LMU never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Gonzaga won all three meetings with LMU this season by double-digits and has taken eight straight in the series overall ... Gonzaga shot 43.5 percent from the field, while LMU shot 30.6 percent from the floor ... Olynyk also added eight rebounds and four assists.
Final Score: Saint Mary's 69, San Diego 66 (OT)
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Brad Waldow poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, as Saint Mary's came from behind to beat San Diego, 69-66, in overtime in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday at Orleans Arena.
St. Mary's leading scorer Matthew Dellavedova managed just seven points, but nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session.
The defending WCC tourney champ Gales (27-5) will look for their second straight title Monday when they face No. 1 Gonzaga, which handed Saint Mary's its only two conference losses of the season.
Johnny Dee donated 18 points to lead the Toreros (16-18), who had won three straight.
Saint Mary's trailed throughout the contest until Dellavedova knocked down two free throws to give his team a 51-50 lead with 5:42 left.
San Diego answered with a 7-2 swing to regain control, and after six straight free throws put the Gaels back in front, Ken Rancifer nailed a 3-pointer to make it 60-59 in favor of San Diego.
Two free throws from John Sinis gave the Toreros a three-point lead before Dellavedova's triple sent the game to overtime.
Sinis scored the first bucket of the extra session, but Saint Mary's closed the game on a 7-2 surge to end the contest.
03/10 03:28:00 ET
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