The No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Saint Mary’s Gaels 74-56 on Tuesday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in win the WCC tournament championship. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:
Saint Mary’s narrowed its deficit to seven points with six minutes remaining, motivating a Zags counterattack. Gonzaga went on a 10-0 run that was fueled by Nigel Williams-Goss’ two steals and his three-point play after drawing a foul at the rim. Silas Melson closed out the run with another drive that sent him to the line. The run extended Gonzaga’s lead to 65-48.
Offensive player of the year
Williams-Goss scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting and made all 10 of his free throws. The guard also assisted on six buckets.
Defensive player of the year
Williams-Goss had a game-high six steals. He pulled down six defensive rebounds and kept pressure on the Gaels’ Emmett Naar, the WCC assists leader, holding him to three assists and nine points.
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