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Read up on Zags, Gaels

Good morning. Crews were peeling the Zappos WCC men's basketball tournament sticker from the lobby floor of the Orleans Hotel when I checked out this morning. Wonder if it was the same crew that yanked the slippery sticker from center court at the Orleans Arena the day before?

Tons of reading material from last night's WCC men's championship game, won by Saint Mary's 78-74. I'm guessing the Gaels are a six seed, GU a 7 or 8. Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos (of course he got Hart tying up Dellavedova, Harris' 3-pointer and the Gaels' celebration at the final buzzer). Elsewhere, there were articles by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and A.P.The WCC Website has both tournaments covered here.

The All-Tournament team consisted of Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's, MVP), Elias Harris (GU), Kevin Pangos (GU), Cody Doolin (USF) and Rob Jones (Saint Mary's).

We knew that Gonzaga was heading to the 2013 Maui Invitational. Now we know the other teams that will be in Maui.

I also covered the GU women's team, which was outplayed by BYU 78-66 in the title game. Here's my game story, and Anderson's photos. And here are articles from the Salt Lake TribuneDeseret News, Daily Herald, Seattle Times, News Tribune,

Gaels work overtime to defeat Zags

In perhaps the most memorable game in a Gonzaga-Saint Mary's rivalry that seems to get better every year, the Gaels got the better of GU with a 78-74 overtime victory Monday night in the WCC men's basketball tournament championship at the Orleans Arena.

Tourney MVP Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points, including four free throws in the final 39.3 seconds. The Gaels and Zags have played for the last four titles, each winning two.

Elias Harris led Gonzaga with 22 points and 13 rebounds. His 3-pointer from 23 feet sent the game into overtime.

My unedited game story is below.

Zags lead 38-25 at halftime

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.

Gonzaga grabbed a 38-25 halftime lead over Saint Mary’s in the WCC championship game Monday. The Bulldogs didn’t shoot particularly well (14 of 33), gave up 10 offensive rebounds and had several stretches of generally ragged play.

Still, they generated enough offense (Micah Downs 10 points, Matt Bouldin seven points and four assists, and 12 points from reserves Demetri Goodson and Steven Gray) to build a comfortable lead. Downs also had 10 rebounds.

The Gaels had their own issues. They were a frigid 8 of 33 from the field and just 1 of 7 on 3-pointers. They were assessed a technical foul for dunking in pre-game warmups and trailed 1-0 before the opening tip off after Bouldin made 1 of 2 free throws.

Patty Mills was 1 of 10 and scored three points. Diamon Simpson scored eight points, most created by his four offensive rebounds.

More later.  

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