(1090 The Fan) — For the 17th consecutive season, Gonzaga will play for the West Coast Conference championship complementary of a 70-54 win over Saint Mary’s, Monday night.
David Stockton scored 21 points and dished out four assists while Sam Dower Jr. added 12 points and nine rebounds to carry the Zags to a comfortable semifinal win.
After squeaking by Santa Clara in its quarterfinal matchup, Saturday, Gonzaga (27-6) played a much more effective game against a Saint Mary’s team that it has seen regularly in the WCC tournament.
The two teams met for the sixth straight year, but first time outside of the championship game just over a week after Gonzaga won the last regular season matchup between the two by nearly 30 points.
That trend didn’t change much for the Gaels, Monday. In their previous double-digit losses to the Zags, the Gaels shot a combined 27 percent.
This time around, it took Saint Mary’s until the 5:34 mark in the first half to reach double figures, and by then the Zags had built a solid 24-11 lead that the poor-shooting Gaels weren’t able to overcome. Saint Mary’s (22-11) shot 37 percent, better than the previous games versus the Zags, but not good enough as it saw its season come to an end.
Brad Waldow finished with 14 points to lead Saint Mary’s. Senior guard Stephen Holt scored 13 points in his final collegiate game.
Gonzaga will take on BYU in the championship game, Tuesday, after the Cougars edged San Francisco.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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