In perhaps one of the more underrated rivalries in the country -- and one of the best on the West Coast -- Gonzaga and St. Mary's took the court on Thursday night in what many expected to be a grind-it-out battle. But it wasn't anything resembling a back-and-forth matchup as the 16-2 Gaels walloped Gonzaga with somewhat surprising ease, 83-62.
This one wasn't particularly close, especially in the second half. After opening up a seven-point lead at the break, St. Mary's turned it on in the second, pushing the lead to double-digits. Gonzaga could never answer, nor could it find an answer for the Gaels' hot shooting as the second half wore on, leading to the Bulldogs' worst WCC loss since 1992.
Matthew Dellavedova was the star of the show for the Gaels with a game-high 26 points on 10-16 shooting. Brad Waldow finished with a double-double in the win, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mitchell Young came off the bench to score in double-figures, finishing with 12 points.