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Zags hold off USF, 75-69

Gonzaga made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 3:10 to outlast San Francisco 75-69, giving the 18th-ranked Bulldogs an outright WCC championship. The Dons, who beat Gonzaga in overtime last month, gave the Zags all they could handle, but USF’s rally from a 10-point deficit with 6:22 remaining fell short at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

GU needed a win or a Saint Mary’s loss to secure its ninth outright title in 10 years. Gonzaga shared the title with Pepperdine in 2002.

Elias Harris scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half. Steven Gray added 15 points, Robert Sacre 13 and Matt Bouldin 11 for Gonzaga (24-5, 12-2).

Dior Lowhorn paced the Dons (12-17, 7-7) with 17 points. San Francisco will be the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament if Saint Mary’s beats Loyola Marymount. At the time of this post, the visiting Lions were leading the Gaels 43-41 at halftime.

USF led by 10 early, but the Zags rattled off 14 unanswered points and 21 of 23 to take a nine-point advabtage. GU led 35-33 at half and used an early 7-0 run to expand it to 42-35. The Dons stayed close and were within 52-49 after Angelo Caloiaro’s runner. Manny Arop’s 3-pointer put Gonzaga in front 68-60 with 4:56 left. USF pulled within three points twice in the last 2:38, but Gray and Bouldin each went 2 of 2 from the foul line and Sacre was 1 of 2.

 




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