Gonzaga beats Saint Mary’s 85-75 in WCC title game
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eric McClellan scored 20 points, Kyle Wiltjer added 17 and Gonzaga took the guesswork out of its 18th straight NCAA Tournament appearance by beating Saint Mary’s 85-75 Tuesday night in the West Coast Conference championship game.
Despite sharing the WCC regular-season crown, Gonzaga (26-7) was not a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. The Zags had a few smudges on their resume, so winning the WCC would make for a much easier Selection Sunday.
They took the suspense out of it with a balanced attack and by shooting 61 percent in the latest installment of this rivalry. Josh Perkins scored 16 points and Domantas Sabonis added 15 for Gonzaga.
Saint Mary’s (27-5) tried to keep up with the Bulldogs’ shooting, making 12 of 25 from 3-point range, but will have to hope its resume is good enough for an NCAA Tournament berth.