March 8, 2010 in Sports
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Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre tries to control a defensive rebound against Omar Samhan of St. Mary’s in the second half of the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga is stopped by Omar Samhan of St. Mary’s on a drive to the basket in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010.

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Elias Harris of Gonzaga slams it home late in the championship game against St. Mary’s on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas. It wasn’t enough: The Zags lost 81-62.

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Robert Sacre of Gonzaga can’t find room to shoot against St. Mary’s players Omar Samhan, front, and Mickey McConnell in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Omar Samhan of St. Mary’s gets a clean block on Gonzaga’s Elias Harris during their West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Elias Harris of Gonzaga appears to get a clean block on Omar Samhan of St. Mary’s but is called for the foul during the second half of their West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Steven Gray finds his lane to the basket blocked by St. Mary’s defenders late in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Gonzaga starters wait out the final seconds of their 81-62 loss to St. Mary’s in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament Monday, March 8, 2010.

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Will Foster of Gonzaga looks to the ceiling of the Orleans Arena as time expires and St. Mary’s wins the WCC championship Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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St. Mary’s players celebrate their 81-62 victory over Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010.

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Matt Bouldin, far right, of Gonzaga leads his team off the floor as St. Mary’s celebrates at midcourt Monday, March 8, 2010. St. Maries beat Gonzaga 81-62 to claim the West Coast Conference tournament championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Mitchell Young of St. Mary’s puts up a floater that Robert Sacre rejects during the first half of their West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8, 2010.

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Robert Sacre of Gonzaga can’t get past the St. Mary’s defense during the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Elias Harris of Gonzaga clears away a St. Mary’s defender’s hands to get a shot in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday, March 8. 2010.

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Gonzaga fan Emily Johnson, with sign, had high hopes at the beginning of the West Coast Conference tournament championship game against St. Mary’s on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas, but the Zags lost 81-62.

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Gonzaga fans raise the noise level of the Orleans Arena at tip-off of the West Coast Conference tournament championship game against St. Mary’s on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Gonzaga fans including Greg Talbott, far right, wave signs at the start of the West Coast Conference tournament championship game against St. Mary’s on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Las Vegas.

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The signs in the crowd said it all Monday, March 8, 2010, as Gonzaga met St. Mary’s in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.