Sam Dower Jr.
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 (23-5, 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.
Dower Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and his team trailing by one point to ultimately send Gonzaga to its ninth conference win, a 56-54 victory over Santa Clara, Wednesday night.
Sam Dower Jr. had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Gonzaga (17-3, 7-1). Przemek Karnowski finished with 12 points and Kevin Pangos added 11 points and five rebounds. Both Karnowski and Pangos made key buckets down the stretch to keep the Zags in the lead.