WCC Tournament 2012: Gonzaga Falls To St. Mary's In Overtime In Championship Game

The Gonzaga Bulldogs lost a heart breaker to St. Mary's in overtime, ceding the WCC Tournament Championship to the Gaels.

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2012 WCC Basketball Tournament Championship: Gonzaga Can't Quite Best St. Mary's, Falls 78-74 In Overtime

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and St. Mary's Gaels played a high-paced and strong first half that led to both teams being tied at halftime. Elias Harris and Robert Sacre led the way for Gonzaga in the first half, but they were unable to defend the three pointer effectively and found themselves tied with St. Mary's at halftime.

Gonzaga fell behind after halftime as St. Mary's kept on riding hot shooting to stay in front, and Gonzaga had trouble stopping Matthew Dellavedova and Rob Jones from getting their buckets. Sam Dower came alive to assist Sacre and Harris to keep up, but St. Mary's still had a narrow 68-63 lead with about 30 seconds left.

After Gonzaga got a quick bucket from Harris, the Bulldogs managed to tie up Dellavedova and force a jump ball and get the ball back with the possession arrow pointing toward the Zags. Then Harris buried a triple to tie the game with a few seconds left, and Dellavedova's last second runner was long.

In overtime, both Gonzaga and St. Mary's traded baskets for much of the period, but with the game tied at 72, Kevin Pangos banged Dellavedova on a scramble, forcing Matthew to the free throw line where he put St. Mary's up for good. St. Mary's hit their free throws the rest of the way.

St. Mary's earns the automatic bid from the WCC (they were already likely to win an at-large bid), pairing it up with a regular season conference title.

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WCC Tournament Final: Gonzaga University vs Saint Mary's University

Game 8: Championship Game (6pm, ESPN / ESPN3): No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs

In recent years, the WCC Tournament has always been Gonzaga's to lose. Times are finally starting to change in the West Coast Conference. The BYU Cougars added a much appreciated competitive team to the mix, and Saint Mary's is starting to resemble a consistent title contender. For the first time in 12 years, Gonzaga didn't take home a piece of the WCC regular season title. Although the San Francisco Dons also tried to spoil the fun, the WCC tournament really seemed like it would be Saint Mary's and Gonzaga all along. The two teams split the regular season games, each winning at home, so its time for the bragging rights to be determined.

What to know: Gonzaga traveled to Moraga, California early in WCC play and at the time it seemed that Saint Mary's was the team to beat. The Gael's had their way with the Bulldogs en route to a 19 point victory that would be the shining piece of a 12 game win streak. Eventually injuries and the toll of being the top dog in the league started to take their toll. Stephen Holt is most likely still out for the Gael's, and even though they won the WCC crown, they completed the act in increasingly less and less convincing fashion. But as most coaches will say - a win is a win. Saint Mary's is a selfless team that doesn't make many mistakes. Matthew Dellavedova is making a career out of hassling the Bulldog's backcourt, averaging 18.3 points and close to 5 assists against the Bulldogs throughout his career.

Kevin Pangos scored 30 points in a 18 point win against BYU on Saturday night, hitting five threes in the process. Pangos has struggled at times on the road/neutral courts this year, but the Orleans Arena will most likely be a de facto home game for the Bulldogs. Saint Mary's will need to neutralize Pangos if they have any hope of winning this game. He has a very quick release and hits 42.3% from beyond the arc. If he is left open, he will take that shot.

Who is going to win: Saint Mary's took a blow when Stephen Holt injured his knee. The sophomore guard quietly puts up a solid stat line each game he plays, averaging 10 points, 4.7 boards, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals a game. Rob Jones is a big fellow, but standing at 6-6, he is a bit undersized. The Gonzaga front line is much taller than the Gaels, and if Robert Sacre, Elias Harris, and Sam Dower remember this fact they should be able to do as they will against a smaller Gaels line-up. Where as Saint Mary's were playing some of their best basketball earlier in WCC play, outside of the loss to San Francisco, Gonzaga is clicking just in time for March to roll around. Neither team needs the tournament title to make it into March Madness, but a win here will go a long way in solidifying a better seed for each team. ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently projects Saint Mary's in the dreaded 8 seed slot and Gonzaga is sitting in a much more comfortable 6 seed. For seeding purposes, Saint Mary's needs the win more than Gonzaga. But for hunger purposes, expect this game to be close and expect Gonzaga to take the first step towards re-establishing WCC dominance tonight.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Bracket Updates, Schedule And TV Coverage For Day 5

The Gonzaga Bulldogs saw their impressive streak of first-place seasons come to an end in 2012. Although they were denied a shot at immortality, they will have another chance to exact revenge on the team that took control of the WCC over the past season.

The fifth and final day of the 2012 WCC Tournament will take place on Monday. There will be no games on Sunday due to religious services, as well as to give the final teams a day to recuperate before the big showdown.


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The St. Mary's Gaels pulled off quite a feat when they claimed the regular-season WCC title. It marked the first time in over a decade that the Gonzaga Bulldogs did not claim at least a share of the top spot in the conferece at season's end. Now the Gaels and the Zags will face off one last time before the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

St. Mary's advanced to the final game by coming from behind to knock off the San Francisco Dons in the semifinals, while Gonzaga coasted to a relatively easy win over the BYU Cougars.

The championship game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. PT on Monday night and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Gonzaga University vs BYU

Game 7: 30 minutes after Game 6 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

What to know: BYU had a tight game last night with the San Diego Toreros before finally pulling away late to pick up a five point win. Both teams match up well on paper with strong guard play and good inside presence. The Bulldogs can be a bit careless with the balls at time due to an inexperienced back court of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. The Bulldogs had 19 turnovers in a loss at BYU. The Bulldogs will have their hands full guarding Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies. The Cougars need to keep a man on Kevin Pangos. If the Bulldogs shots from behind the three point line are falling in, they are a tough team to defend against because it really opens up the floor for Elias Harris and Rob Sacre down low. Watch out for Sam Dower to quietly put up some good numbers in this game. Last year, Marquise Carter dragged the Bulldogs through the WCC tournament, so don't be surprised to see good numbers from him either.

Who is going to win: This is as hard of a game to call as any. The teams split the series during conference play, each winning at home. Gonzaga always brings swarms down to Las Vegas to the tournament, but Nevada is also Mormon country so expect to see just as many, if not more, BYU faithful. Excluding the slip up against University of San Francsico, Gonzaga has played the best basketball in the conference for the past month, winning by an average of 12 points. However, the Bulldogs already have a locked up at large bid even if they don't win the tournament. Pundits are placing BYU in the tourney, but their resume is a bit more shaky and could use an added win here. Still, with the way Gonzaga has played lately, and the fire of losing the conference for the first time in 11 years, expect the Bulldogs to come out hard, fast, and continue to the tournament finals.

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WCC Tournament 2012: University of San Francisco vs Saint Mary's University

Game 6: 6 p.m. - No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs. No. 5 San Francisco Dons (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

What to know: The WCC treats the top two seeds like royalty in the conference tournament. Saint Mary's enters this game well rested and not having played for a week. The Dons are now going on their third night in three games after upsetting the number four seed Loyola Marymount Lions last night. The Gael's are led by one of the more underrated point guards in the country in Matthew Dellavedova who averages 15.4 points per game and 6.5 assists a game. Dellavedova and forward Rob Jones are the anchors of the team. Saint Mary's will most likely be without guard Stephen Holt who averages 10.4 points per game. The Gael's aren't the most athletic team around, but Coach Bennett has them playing unselfishly, smart, and careful basketball. They pass the ball well and take care of it when they do, averaging 12 turnovers as a team. The Don's rely heavily on defense and traps, but Dellavedova is a crafty Australian who doesn't get tripped up too often.

Who is going to win: The Dons are going on their third night in three games, but they are also playing with nothing to lose. Even if the Gaels lose tonight will make it into March Madness as an at-large bid. Even though Saint Mary's lost three of their final six games entering the tournament, they beat the Dons twice during conference play. San Francisco excels against teams that are a little more loose with the ball, but Saint Mary's isn't one of those teams. Look for the restful legs and the smart basketball to carry the Gaels to victory.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Bracket Updates, Schedule And TV Coverage For Day Four

The 2012 West Coast Conference Tournament held its quarterfinal matchups on Friday night. When the smoke had cleared, the No. 1 seeded St. Mary's Gaels and the No. 2 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs finally knew who they would be facing in Saturday's semifinals.


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In the first game of the evening, the BYU Cougars took on the San Diego Toreros. The game was a tight one from the outset and the two teams headed into halftime with the score tied, 34-34. The Cougars were finally able to pull ahead in the second half and BYU picked up the 73-68 win. They'll take on Gonzaga in the second semifinal game on Saturday. The game will begin at 8:00 p.m. PT and will air nationally on ESPN2.

The second quarterfinal game on Friday night saw the San Francisco Dons come from behind to knock off the Loyola Marymount Lions by a final score of 67-60. The Dons will take on St. Mary's in the first semifinal game on Saturday. That game will begin at 6:00 p.m. PT and will air on ESPN2.

For ongoing coverage of the WCC Tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Gonzaga Bulldogs, please visit The Slipper Still Fits. For updates and perspective on the BYU Cougars, head on over to Vanquish the Foe. For complete coverage of the college hoops postseason and the NCAA Tournament, check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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WCC Tournament 2012: BYU vs University of San Diego

Game 5: 30 minutes after Game 4 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. No. 6 San Diego Toreros (ESPNU / ESPN3)

What to know: BYU's introduction into West Coast Conference play went as many suspected it would. It competed with the top teams for the most part and didn't have as many slip-ups in league play as everyone else would. They have one of the more efficient scoring forwards in the nation with senior Noah Hartsock who averages 16.8 points on 56.6% shooting. He should be back with a knee injury, and if he is, then this game shouldn't be much of a question. Freshmen UCLA transfer Matt Carlino is an impact guard whose numbers have steadily risen as the year has progressed.

Who is going to win: There is a pretty severe talent discrepancy in the league the farther you get down, and the Toreros are where it starts. BYU won both games against the Toreros by 19 points and 33 points. Now that we are in Las Vegas, this is essentially a road game for San Diego as the BYU faithful should be out in droves. That home crowd is going to make it near impossible for the Toreros to pull it off tonight.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Loyola Marymount University vs University of San Francisco

Game 4: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions vs. No. 5 San Francisco Dons (ESPNU / ESPN3)

What to know: Before everyone across the nation knew that the UCLA Bruins were not a good team this year, the Lions rolled into Pauley Pavilion and thumped them by 10 points. The Lions also own good wins over the Saint Mary's Gaels and the Saint Louis Bilkens. The Lions have a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging over 10 points a game led by Anthony Ireland at 15.5. They are a solid free throw shooting team that is finely healthy - and the most appropriate times.

Who is going to win: The key number here is the number three - that is the total number of points the Lions beat the Dons by in the two conference games this year. The Lions are also a turnover prone team. Their main four contributors average 10 a game, and getting careless with the ball will play into the Dons hand. Coach Rex Walters has to use an all hustle on defense, trademarked by constant traps in the corner and half court presses. Even with the win over the Gaels towards the end of the season, the Lions lost to the San Diego Toreros by three and only beat the Santa Clara Broncos by three to close out WCC play. The Dons are the hungrier team at the moment and will out-hustle the Lions to the win.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Bracket Updates, Schedule And TV Coverage For Day Two

The Gonzaga Bulldogs still have a couple days before the suit up in the WCC Tournament, but in the meantime a lot of the lower seeds are knocking one another off. Two games on Thursday means there are two less teams alive in the tourney.

The duo of Angelo Caloiaro and Rashad Green scored 19 points each to lead the No. 5 San Francisco Dons to a decisive 87-66 win over the No. 8 Portland Pilots in second round action at Orleans Arena. Perris Blackwell added 15 points and Cole Dickerson grabbed 10 rebounds to help lift the Dons (19-12).

In the second game, Johnny Dee scored a career-high 30 points to help lead the No. 6 San Diego Toreros past No. 7 Pepperdine Waves 76-54. Dee went 9-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-9 from three-point range for San Diego (13-17). Ken Rancifer chipped in 12 points and Christopher Anderson handed out eight assists for the Toreros.

And so, here is the schedule for Friday where we'll find out who Gonzaga's opponent will be in the seminfinals.

Friday, March 2

Game 4: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions vs. No. 5 San Francisco Dons (ESPNU / ESPN3)

Game 5: 30 minutes after Game 4 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. No. 6 San Diego Toreros (ESPNU / ESPN3)

The Zags await the winner of the LMU - USF contest.

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WCC Tournament 2012: University of San Diego vs Pepperdine University

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 - No. 6 San Diego Toreros vs. No. 7 Pepperdine Waves (BYUtv / ESPN3)

What to know: The two class rosters couldn't be much different - the Pepperdine Waves have nine upperclassman to the San Diego Toreros four. The San Diego Toreros are an undersized team that doesn't rebound very well and is led by its freshman back court of Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson. The Pepperdine Waves are anchored by the two big men in the post Taylor Darby and Corbin Moore. The Pepperdine Waves aren't the best scoring team, and unfortunately when their offense fails them, their defense doesn't help out too much. Outside of an early win against the San Francisco Dons, the Pepperdine Waves only beat the bottom feeders in conference play.

Who will win: Although they are a tad bit small, the San Diego Toreros didn't have much trouble dispatching the Pepperdine Waves throughout conference play this year. The Toreros halfway ended the year on a nice point with a solid three point win at Loyola Marymount Lions, so expect the Toreros to advance to the BYU Cougars tomorrow night.

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WCC Tournament 2012: University of Portland vs University of San Francisco

Game 2: 6 p.m. - No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. No. 8 Portland Pilots (BYUtv / ESPN3)

What to know: If you read about the game between the Portland Pilots and the Santa Clara Broncos last night, you'll likely notice one key stat standing out. The Broncos only had one turnover, yet still managed to lose 74-70. The Pilots responded in typical Portland fashion, doing what it takes to just barely win, and that included going 16 of 17 from the charity stripe, shooting 57% from the field, and shooting 50% from three-point range.

The San Francisco Dons played two very different games against Portland Pilots this year, winning on the road 72-71 and absolutely crushing them at home 104-70. The Dons are hardly the most athletic team in the league, but they have successfully bought into Coach Rex Walters game plan. The Dons are a balanced attack on offense with four players averaging double digit points, and trap relentlessly on defense. They led the WCC in steals at 8.5 a game and were second in the league in turnover margin at +2.4.

Who is going to win: Both teams are officially playing with nothing to lose, but owing to the conference wins this year, the San Francisco Dons will pull off another victory. Their only way to the big dance is by winning this tournament, and the win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs earlier this year provided enough fuel for a glimmer of hope.

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WCC Tournament 2012: Bracket Updates, Schedule And TV Coverage As Gonzaga Awaits

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be playing in the WCC Tournament, but they won't have to play for quite some time. The WCC is set up so that the top two seeds don't have to play the first three days, so Gonzaga is set up cozily at the second seed and won't play until Saturday night.

The Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament heads into day two on Thursday evening at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas" The entire tournament is available through live streaming on ESPN3.com, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU picking up the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in some way.

No. 5 USF (18-12, 8-8) will meet No. 8 seed Portland (7-23, 3-13) at 6 p.m. PST. The other second round matchup features the No. 6 seed San Diego (12-17, 7-9) meeting the No. 7 seed Pepperdine (10-18, 4-12) 30 minutes after the conclusion of USF-Portland. The games will be seen on BYUtv if you can find it.

The winner of USF-Portland will face the No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday night in a 6 p.m. PST game televised by ESPNU. The second game Friday night will pit the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars against the winner of San Diego-Pepperdine. Gonzaga will face whoever wins the BYU vs. USD-Pepperdine winner.

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WCC Tournament: University of Portland vs Santa Clara University

Game 1: 6 p.m. - No. 8 Portland Pilots vs. No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos (live on WCCsports.com)

Today is the start of the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. The winner of this game will go onto face the San Francisco Dons tomorrow evening at 6 PM (BYUtv/ESPN3).

What to know: University of Portland was quite a young team this year, with only one senior and one junior donning the purple Pilots jersey. The result of this class imbalance was a team that struggled to score points the entire year going 3-13 in league play. Most important, two of those wins came against the team they face tonight.

Santa Clara University was expected to be quite a bit better. The team had one of the better guards in the league (and on the west coast) in Kevin Foster who was averaging 17.8 points. Key word here is 'was', because Kevin Foster was suspended for the rest of the year after an arrest stemming from a possible poor life choice. Without Foster, the Broncos just didn't have the firepower to compete with anyone - literally. They went winless in conference play.

Who is going to win: The Pilots already took care of business twice this year, and there is no reason to think that the third time will be any harder. Expect University of Portland to take care of business quite handily, if not in an ugly - very University of Portland basketball fashion.

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WCC Tournament: Things to Keep In Mind

The WCC Tournament starts this week. It is officially March.

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So Long Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye Gonzaga Seniors

Monday night is Senior Night at Gonzaga, so learn what Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter did in their Gonzaga careers.

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WCC Basketball Tournament 2012: TV Schedule, Live Online Stream Info And More

The seeds are now set for the 2012 WCC Basketball Championships, which begin on Wednesday, February 28 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, with Gonzaga now settling in at the two-seed spot. As you can see below, the Zags will face off against Friday's game-four winner on Saturday at 6pm. You can watch the game on ESPN2/ESPN3.

As for the rest of the tourney, the play-in game will be available only on WCCSports.com, but the subsequent games will all be streamed on espn3.com. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will also be aired on the ESPN family of channels. The quarters are on ESPNU, the semis are on ESPN2 and the final matchup is on ESPN Monday, March 5.

Here is the full tournament schedule (all times PST):

Wednesday, February 29

Game 1: 6 p.m. - No. 8 Portland Pilots vs. No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos (live on WCCsports.com)

Thursday, March 1

Game 2: 6 p.m. - No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. Game 1 winner (BYUtv / ESPN3)

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 - No. 6 San Diego Toreros vs. No. 7 Pepperdine Waves (BYUtv / ESPN3)

Friday, March 2

Game 4: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Game 2 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)

Game 5: 30 minutes after Game 4 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. Game 3 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)

Saturday, March 3

Game 6: 6 p.m. - No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

Game 7: 30 minutes after Game 6 - No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

Monday, March 5

Game 8: Championship Game (6pm, ESPN / ESPN3)

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Gonzaga's Chance at History Falls Two Years Short

For the first time in 11 years, Gonzaga ends the season without a share of the conference title, ending the longest active streak in the NCAA and the second longest streak of all time.

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