Coming off a year in which it received a No. 1 seed into the 2013 NCAA tournament and sent two players off to the NBA, the 2013-14 Zags put together another WCC-winning campaign and reached equal heights in the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga will take on BYU in the championship game, Tuesday, after the Cougars edged San Francisco.
Gonzaga (25-6, 15-3) shot 56 percent from the field, Saturday night. The Zags who previously clinched the conference title on Thursday, will head into the West Coast Conference tournament as the top seed.
Gonzaga (24-6, 14-3) had lost consecutive games within conference play for the first time since 2011 when it dropped games to BYU and San Diego last week. The Zags didn’t have much of a problem with Pacific, Thursday night.
Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3) lost its second consecutive conference game (a rarity for the program) despite 18 points and 15 rebounds from Sam Dower Jr. The loss kept the Zags from clinching the outright WCC title.
Gonzaga (23-5, 13-2) was looking to clinch yet another West Coast Conference title only to see its 9-game conference winning streak snapped in Provo.
The Bulldogs took control of this one thanks to a first half in which the team shot 54.8 percent. That shooting performance resulted in a 45-31 halftime lead. The Zags cruised from there, the Lions never coming closer than within eight points.
Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers. Jackson finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and one mighty big block to help Memphis to a vital nonconference home win.
The win was Gonzaga’s (21-3, 11-1) first over the Pilots this season after the team saw its 22-game West Coast Conference winning streak dating back to 2011 snapped back on January 9th.
Przemek Karnowski added 12 points and eight rebounds and Gary Bell Jr. finished with 13 points to aid the Zags’ scoring. Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) earned its sixth consecutive conference win since dropping its first WCC game since 2011 last month to Portland.