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Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie voted WCC Tournament most outstanding player

UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie was asked for one word in his native French to describe how the Zags played in routing BYU 74-54 in the WCC Tournament championship game.

“I’d say ensemble,” Tillie said. “It means together, because we were all sharing the ball. We played great together.”

Tillie was exceptionnel, to borrow another French word, in earning tournament most outstanding player honors. He averaged 24 points in three wins. He made 78 percent of his field-goal attempts and was 13 of 14 beyond the 3-point line (93 percent).

“You walk into the gym and he’s always working out and getting shots up,” GU guard Zach Norvell Jr. said. “To see it pay off for some of these guys feels great.”

Senior forward Johnathan Williams made the all-tournament team after averaging 13.3 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and 1.3 blocks. Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon and BYU’s Yoeli Childs rounded out the all-tournament squad.

Tillie scored 22 points in the title game.

“Whatever he did, whatever he’s eating I want to get on the same plan,” Zags guard Josh Perkins said. “He was fantastic.”


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