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Gonzaga tangles with Herb Sendek-led Santa Clara

Herb Sendek’s background indicates he’s quite familiar with chasing and sometimes catching the traditional powers in a conference. He’s been coach of the year in three different conferences.

WCC roundup: BYU advances past Santa Clara

Kyle Collinsworth, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, scored 13 points and had two key assists late in the game as Brigham Young defeated Santa Clara 72-60 in the quarterfinal round of the WCC basketball tournament on Saturday.

Gonzaga women make early exit in WCC tournament

Gonzaga made its earliest exit from the WCC women’s basketball tournament since 2006, falling to Santa Clara 59-58 in the opening round Thursday at the Orleans Arena.

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga roll past Santa Clara 84-67

Gonzaga made quick work of Santa Clara, building a 29-point lead late in the first half and cruising to an 84-67 WCC men’s basketball victory Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Senior forward Kyle Wiltjer had his fourth 20-point half of the season, posting 23 points in the first half on the strength of 6-of-7 shooting on 3-pointers. He finished with seven 3s and 35 points, his fifth 30-point game of the season.

WCC basketball: Saint Mary’s cruises by Portland with 18-0 second-half run

Kerry Carter had 21 points, Brad Waldow added 14 points, and Saint Mary’s beat Portland 68-51 on Thursday in Moraga, California. Saint Mary’s took control with an 18-0 burst, extending a one-point lead to 60-41. Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Waldow capped the run with 8:19 left. The Gaels (20-6, 12-3 WCC) went 7 for 9 from the field during that stretch and 14 for 22 in the second half.

Gonzaga men piece together strong start and finish to top Santa Clara 77-63

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Gonzaga coach Mark Few calls it a “cumulative effect,” and it was on display when his team needed it most against Santa Clara. Gonzaga’s size, depth and balance wore down the Broncos as the Zags rallied for a 77-63 victory in front of a packed house of 4,700 Thursday at the Leavey Center. GU (23-1, 11-0 WCC) holds a two-game lead over second-place Saint Mary’s.

No. 2 Gonzaga rallies past Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Byron Wesley scored 17 points and keyed a crucial second-half run that helped No. 2 Gonzaga rally for its 16th straight win with a 77-63 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.

No. 6 Gonzaga beats Santa Clara

Przemek Karnowski took an entry pass, powered inside against Santa Clara’s Nate Kratch and dunked for the game’s first points. Gonzaga’s next possession ended with Karnowski making a jump hook. Kyle Wiltjer then connected on a short bank shot and scored on a layup.

Turnover-plagued Washington State drops 76-67 men’s basketball decision at Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Not being able to win the turnover battle doomed the Washington State men’s basketball team in a 76-67 loss at Santa Clara on Saturday night. The Cougars had a huge advantage on the boards, collecting 39 rebounds to SCU’s 22, and shot a solid 45 percent from the field. But WSU made just 4 of 18 3-pointers against the packed-in Broncos defense and lost the ball during critical junctures.

Cougars stumble at Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Not being able to win the turnover battle doomed the Washington State men’s basketball team in a 76-67 loss at Santa Clara on Saturday night.

Late Stockton layup pushes GU past Santa Clara in WCC tournament

LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga’s five-point lead vanished in a 24-second span, leaving the Bulldogs tied with 9.1 seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs drew up a play for Sam Dower Jr. to set a screen out front for David Stockton. The rest depended on how Santa Clara elected to defend the ball screen.

Gonzaga hits road to begin 2nd half of WCC

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Midway through the WCC race, Gonzaga is in first place but the course changes a bit for the second half. The Bulldogs (18-3, 8-1 WCC) went 6-0 at home in the first half. That leaves GU with six of nine conference games on the road to close out the regular season. Second-place Saint Mary’s (16-5, 6-2) has six of its remaining 10 on the road.

Four Corners basketball: Gonzaga Bulldogs

COMING UP: Saturday vs. Santa Clara, 5 p.m. (ESPNU); Monday vs. USF, 6 p.m. (KHQ/Root) OUTLOOK: The Broncos (7-6) secured a winning non-conference record, rallying past South Florida (8-4) of the Big East on Sunday in Las Vegas. Santa Clara’s top three scorers are guards, led by junior Brandon Clarke (15.8 ppg), freshman Jared Brownridge (14.7) and senior Evan Roquemore (11.3). Roquemore, though, is making just 34 percent of his shots and he’s averaging 3.9 assists compared to 5.2 in his junior season. Santa Clara had a four-game losing streak in November but has won four of its last five. San Fran- cisco (7-5) is led by senior forward Cole Dickerson (14.4 ppg, 7.6 rebounds).