Haiden Palmer scored 16 points, Lindsay Sherbert had 14 in the first half and Shelby Cheslek added 11 points and 14 rebounds Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's 68-60 on Monday.
The victory moves the top-seeded Bulldogs (28-4) into Tuesday's championship game against No. 2 BYU, a 77-64 winner over No. 3 Pacific.
The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament begins on Wednesday. Follow the jump for a schedule of all the games.
Big Sky Conference scoring leader Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington has been named a first-team all-star selection, the league announced Monday.
Harvey, a sophomore from Torrance, Calif., led the league in scoring and free-throw shooting while finishing among the nation's top 3-point shooters.
Harvey averaged 21.8 points, 89.7 percent at the free-throw line and made 109 3-point shots - second most in Big Sky history.
Eagle forward Venky Jois earned honorable mention honors.
Weber State guard/forward Davion Berry was named the conference's Most Valuable Player.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany is in Las Vegas for the GU women vs. Saint Mary's WCC semifinal game. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
From Pullman — The Pac-12 released its All-Conference teams today and there was nary a Washington State player to be found. DaVonte Lacy likely would have made the First or Second Team, but will settle for being named Honorable Mention after missing seven games with a rib injury. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 19.1 points per game this season, second most in the conference. Lacy played in 73.3 percent of WSU's games, falling short of the 75 percent threshold that would allow him to be ranked among the conference's top scorers.
All-Conference Teams after the jump.
The brackets for the men and women at the WCC tournaments look similar, at least from Gonzaga's perspective. The top four seeds in both tourneys advanced to the semifinals.
That means No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 4 Saint Mary's twice today. The women collide at noon, the men at 6. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Pacific tangle at 2 in the second women's semifinal. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 USF meet in the men's late-night semi.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
If you are a basketball fan, the place to be this week in this part of the country is Las Vegas. The WCC tournament. The Pac-12 tournament. The WAC tournament. Heck, even the Mountain West tournament. A lot of basketball. Or, like me, you can just watch in the privacy of your own home. Not nearly as fun but a heck of a lot cheaper. Read on.
From Pullman — The Washington State men's basketball team is hitting the road a little early, leaving Pullman today and heading to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament. Their opponent will be Stanford. We touch on that and have some highlights in a blog post today … Bud Withers put out his Pac-12 All-Conference team … As did Percy Allen … Chris Foster says UCLA hasn't improved since sacking Ben Howland, but that's no reason to think they won't.
In the end, the Western Athletic Conference's nine coaches went with the best player on the one of the league's two best teams instead of the league's leading scorer. New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings was named WAC Player of the Year on Sunday afternoon, beating out Idaho's Stephen Madison.
Madison led the WAC in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game in his senior campaign for the 14-17 Vandals. He was a first-team All-WAC selection along with Mullings, Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker and Ben Aird and Grand Canyon University's Killian Larson. No other Idaho players were honored in the postseason awards.
Utah Valley won the league, just ahead of NMSU. Idaho, which finished tied for fifth, will square off Thursday with University of Missouri-Kansas City — the team they beat 87-80 on Sat — in the first round of the WAC tournament. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Last year, Idaho's Kyle Barone nabbed the WAC's Player of the Year award despite the Vandals going 12-17 in the regular season.
Video courtesy of WSU Athletics
From Pullman — Washington State's win over UCLA last night was more than just an uplifting couple hours at the end of a dreary season. The game leapfrogged WSU over USC in the standings, keeping WSU out of last place in the conference. That means that 11th-seeded WSU will take on sixth-seed Stanford on Wednesday in Las Vegas' MGM Grand in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The game is slated for 8:36 p.m., an oddly specific time considering that it almost assuredly won't start until after 9.
The Cougars will need to pull off another upset to advance. Stanford went 2-0 against WSU this season and the Cougars have never beaten the Cardinal in postseason play. In 2008 the Cougars lost to Stanford 75-68 before both teams would advance to the NCAA Tournament's “Sweet 16.”
The winner will have a date with No. 3 seed Arizona State.
Back with a day-after post from Gonzaga's 77-75 survive-and-advance special over No. 9 Santa Clara.
David Stockton hit the game-winner, a mad dash down the lane finished off by a right-handed layup from the left side of the rim. Sam Dower Jr. provided the foundation for the victory with 23 points, including a 15-of-15 night at the free-throw line.
Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column. Here's a game story from the San Francisco Chronicle and another on Saint Mary's win over Pepperdine. GU takes on the Gaels on Monday in the semifinals.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Do you know what time it is? Yep, an hour earlier than it should be. But the clock didn't strike midnight for a couple of local basketball teams. And it did for others. Of course. Read on.
From Pullman — The Washington State seniors went out in style last night, upending UCLA in the regular season finale. We've also got video and quotes from the win. However, the laws of the universe required that the WSU women fall in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals to balance out the men's good fortune.
The day's biggest upset however was Oregon's win over No. 3 Arizona, which likely assures Oregon of an NCAA tournament berth … Stanford scraped out a much-needed win over Utah … Arizona State, California and Washington also came away with narrow victories.
The Idaho basketball team entered the week with three road wins all year. In the span of three days, it pocketed two victories away from Moscow — and the latest was arguably the Vandals' most impressive road victory of the season.
Idaho thundered back from a late 10-point deficit to dispatch the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 87-80, in Kansas City. Senior Stephen Madison poured in 26 points and Connor Hill had 24 for the rejuvenated Vandals (14-17, 7-9), who finished the regular season by snatching their fourth win in five games.
“We’re playing our best basketball,” sixth-year coach Don Verlin said. “If this team will make a bigger commitment to defense and rebounding, we’ll have a chance to win the WAC tournament.”
The fifth-seeded Vandals will play fourth-seeded UMKC again in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Las Vegas. Idaho is still searching for its first WAC tourney win with Verlin at the helm. Its only victory at the WAC tournament came in a play-in game in 2007.
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Follow the jump for transcriptions.
Follow the jump for a transcription of coach Ken Bone following WSU's win over UCLA.
David Stockton's twisting layup with 1.4 seconds left lifted Gonzaga past Santa Clara 77-75 at the WCC Tournament on Saturday. The victory sends GU (26-6) into a semifinal matchup Monday at 6 against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which defeated No. 5 Pepperdine late Saturday night.
The Bulldogs trailed most of the game before catching the Broncos in the final 5 minutes. Sam Dower Jr. made 15 of 15 free throws and scored 23 points. Przemek Karnowski added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge put on a shooting clinic in the first half, using his quick-trigger release to score 18 of his 24 points. His jumper tied it at 75 before Stockton's game-winner.
My unedited game story is below.
S-R photojournalists Dan Pelle and Tyler Tjomsland covered the State B championship games. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.
Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
When we woke up this morning, there was just a hint of the sunrise to come. Just enough light in the house that the phone/flashlight was not needed. But it will be tomorrow. Yep, we spring ahead in the wee hours of the morning (miss you Frank) as Daylight Savings Time kicks in. And you know what? It's too darn soon for that. Heck, this weekend is so crowded, we need all the hours we can get. We can't lose one. Read on.