Gonzaga falls in title game of West Coast Conference Tournament

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

The Bulldogs had run roughshod over the WCC in the regular season, going 16-0 in league play and entering the final on a 21-game winning streak.

Instead of waiting for Selection Sunday, Saint Mary's left no doubt, getting back to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence with its first WCC title in nine years. The Gaels contained Gonzaga standout and leading scorer Rui Hachimura, who averages 20.1 points per game this season, to nine points.

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

Gonzaga went from the No. 1 team in the country to a school no longer guaranteed to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in a span of 40 basketball minutes Tuesday night.

Gonzaga has ranked no lower than No. 8 in the nation this season and spent the past three weeks as the best team in college basketball. "It was kind of like a home game for them and we had to slow the tempo".

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In a defeat that was extremely unexpected, the nation's top team in the polls has lost its conference tournament.

"They were mucking it up a little bit, getting into lanes and we just didn't make shots", said Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins, who had 10 points, four assists and five turnovers.

Belmont: The Bruins (26-5, 16-2 OVC) are in the same boat as UNC Greensboro, with a resume that's stuck on the bubble after losing to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference finals while just about everyone else still has a chance to improve their resume.

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma: The Sooners (19-12, 7-11 Big 12) seem to be a fairly safe bet to make the Big Dance, but a loss to struggling West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament first round might make things interesting.

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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