Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. (35) puts up a shot against BYU's Eric Mika in the first half of the NCAA West Coast Conference tournament championship college basketball game tonight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Senior Sam Dower Jr. scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Gonzaga (28-6) to a 75-64 win over Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference championship game at the Orleans on Tuesday. Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 for Gonzaga and Kevin Pangos scored 11 all on free throws. BYU’s Tyler Haws led all scorers with 24. He win gives Gonzaga the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, which begins next Tuesday with first-round games at Dayton, Ohio. BYU (23-11) will have to rely on an at-large berth to get into the tournament/AP.