Marquise Carter's runner at the halftime buzzer has given Gonzaga its largest lead of the game at 39-34 over Saint Mary's in the WCC Conference title game. Carter scored 11 points in the first half to lead the Bulldogs. Neither team has been able to pull away in this tightly contested game. Saint Mary's led 20-15 midway through the first half only to have Gonzaga answer back with a late run that was capped off by Carter's bucket at the buzzer.
The Gaels have been without their second leading scorer Rob Jones for much of the first half as he had to sit with three personal fouls. Jones picked up two quick ones and then was tagged with a technical foul as well. Senior guard Mickey McConnell is leading Saint Mary's with 11 points at halftime.
Gonzaga finished the half on a 5-0 run thanks in part to a zone defense that has slowed the Saint Mary's pace and has made them have to become more deliberate when trying to score.