Saint Mary’s ended No. 1 Gonzaga’s six-year reign as West Coast Conference champions with a 60-47 win throughout the title recreation Tuesday night time time.
The Gaels (22-11) earned their first WCC championship in 9 years and ended Gonzaga’s 18-game profitable streak throughout the conference occasion, courting to the 2012 title recreation. With the victory, Saint Mary’s clinched a berth throughout the NCAA occasion after a one-year hiatus.
Saint Mary’s slowed down the game and had a defense-first technique, holding the Bulldogs to a low 37.5 capturing proportion (18-of-48). The Gaels contained Gonzaga standout and primary scorer Rui Hachimura, who averages 20.1 components per recreation this season, to 9 components.
The Gaels locked down the perimeter, limiting the Zags to 2-of-17 capturing from 3-point territory. The loss snapped the Bulldogs’ (30-3) nation-best 21-game win streak.
“They have two of the best bigs in the country,” Saint Mary’s center Jordan Hunter said. “We knew they were going to get their buckets, we just knew we needed to make it tough for them. Every possession just make it as hard as possible and do our bit on the offensive end.”
What a night!
Gaels defeat No. 1 Gonzaga to declare the WCC Championship occasion title and might now play throughout the NCAA “March Madness” Tournament.
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Hunter, who was named the occasion’s Most Outstanding Player, had a double-double with 12 components and 15 rebounds. Junior guard Jordan Ford scored a game-high 17 components.
Gaels guard Tanner Krebs added 13 components and forward Malik Fitts had eight components and three rebounds.
Brandon Clarke led Gonzaga with 16 components and eight rebounds. Senior guard Josh Perkins had 10 components, 4 assists and two boards.
Gonzaga beforehand dominated the conference throughout the frequent season, posting a 16-0 file whereas profitable by a WCC-record 27 components per recreation. The Bulldogs swept the Gaels throughout the frequent season, profitable each recreation by double digits.
Both teams await their NCAA seedings on Selection Sunday this weekend.