LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Matthew Dellavedova #4 of the Saint Mary's Gaels drives against Gary Bell Jr. #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the championship game of the West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saint Mary's won 78-74 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WCC Tournament 2012: St. Mary's Survives OT Thriller Vs. Gonzaga

Saint Mary's led for much of the game before Gonzaga tied the game in the final seconds. After five minutes of overtime, the Gaels prevailed, topping the Bulldogs 78-74 to win the WCC tourney and earn its invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

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WCC Tournament 2012, Saint Mary's Vs. Gonzaga: Gaels Prevail, 78-74, In Overtime Thriller

Saint Mary's got exactly what it was looking for with a 78-74 win over Gonzaga in the 2012 West Coast Conference Tournament final on Monday night. It just took overtime for the Gaels to take the latest round in one of college basketball's best rivalries and claim an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Saint Mary's was led by Matthew Dellavedova, who had 22 points and four assists, leading the Gaels in both categories. And despite missing a game-winning runner as time expired in regulation, he salted away the game for the Gaels, hitting two clinching free throws in overtime.

Rob Jones (18 points), Jorden Page (16 points), and Brad Waldow (13 points) joined Dellavedova in double figures for Saint Mary's.

Gonzaga rallied from a 68-63 deficit in the final 30 seconds of the second half to force overtime thanks to Elias Harris' big three-pointer.

But Harris, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Zags, didn't even attempt a shot in overtime, as the Bulldogs led for just 49 seconds of the extra period. Robert Sacre added 17 points for Gonzaga in the losing effort.

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WCC Championship 2012 Preview: Gonzaga Vs. Saint Mary's In Rubber Match

One of college basketball's best rivalries will be back in the spotlight Monday evening when Saint Mary's and Gonzaga square off for the West Coast Conference tournament championship.


WCC Tournament 2012, San Diego Vs. Pepperdine: Johnny Dee Scores 30 As Toreros Win, 76-54

Freshman Johnny Dee scored 30 points to lead the sixth-seeded San Diego Toreros over the seventh-seeded Pepperdine Waves 76-54 on Day 2 of the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.

Dee did most of his damage from long distance, draining 6-of-9 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. He shot 9-for-14 overall, setting the tone for San Diego's blistering 56.3 shooting percentage from the field. Junior Ken Rancifer was San Diego's only other player to reach double-digits.

Senior Corbin Moore notched a double-double in the losing effort for Pepperdine, scoring 16 points with 12 rebounds before fouling out. Taylor Darby added 15 points with eight rebounds.

The Toreros (13-17, 7-9), who also defeated the Waves twice in the regular season, will now face third-seeded BYU on Friday night (11 p.m. ET, ESPNU). The Waves finished the season 10-19 (4-12) in Marty Wilson's first year as head coach.

For more on the WCC Tournament, be sure to check the league's tournament central site.


WCC Tournament 2012, Portland Vs. San Francisco Final Score: Dons Down Pilots, Will Face LMU

The fifth-seeded San Francisco Dons easily dispatched the Portland Pilots, the No. 8 seed, in the West Coast Conference tournament's second round Thursday night, 87-66. The Dons will play Friday night against the Loyola Marymount Lions, the tournament's fourth seed.

San Francisco used 19 points apiece from the two-headed monster of Rashad Green, who also added six rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Angelo Caloiaro. Cole Dickerson also grabbed 10 rebounds, five offensive, in 22 minutes off the bench to go along with eight points. The Dons were a well-oiled offensive machine, shooting a lights-out 50.8 percent from the field and 47.8 from long distance.

The Pilots, to their credit, didn't play a poor offensive game; they just couldn't stop the Dons from scoring, and doing so efficiently. They had 16 assists, but turned the ball over 15 times, which is not a ratio associated with success. They were led in scoring by Nemanja Mitrovic with his 16 points off the bench. No Pilots starters reached double figures in scoring.

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Santa Clara Vs. Portland Final Score: WCC Tournament Sees Pilots Advance, 74-70

The 2012 West Coast Conference Tournament began Wednesday night with the lone first-round matchup that featured the No. 8 Portland Pilots defeating the No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos, 74-70. Because the conference has just nine teams, the opening round features the bottom two teams battling it out to stay in the bracket.

If a player can have a near-perfect night (however vaguely defined), Portland's Ryan Nicholas came close to having it. He led all scorers with 24 points while doing it on 10-of-11 shooting. He pulled down 11 rebounds to finish with the only double-double of the night. Kevin Bailey and Tanner Riley added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Broncos had a quartet of double-digit scorers, but the team could have used more from Evan Roguemore. While he led the team with 21 points, 11 of those came on free throws. He was just 4-of-18 from the field. Niyi Harrison and Raymond Cowels joined the scoring with 15 and 11 points each.

The Pilots will be back on the court Thursday to take on the No. 5 San Francisco Dons. Due to the WCC's tournament setup, the top two teams are inserted into the bracket during the semifinals round, which explains why Portland is not facing the No. 1 seed in the next round.

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