LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05: Brad Waldow #00 of the Saint Mary's Gaels reacts after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 78-74 in overtime to win the championship game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

2012 WCC Basketball Tournament: Saint Mary's Outlasts Gonzaga In Overtime For Conference Title

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2012 WCC Tournament Final: Matthew Dellavedova Sparks Gaels To 78-74 OT Win

Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points, including four in the extra period, to lead the Saint Mary's Gaels to a 78-74 overtime win over the No. 24 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the West Coast Conference Tournament Final at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Elias Harris of Gonzaga (25-6) hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, three of his 22 points to go with 13 rebounds. Robert Sacre added 17 points and four rebounds for Gonzaga, which has played in a staggering 15 consecutive WCC Tournament finals.

Rob Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (27-5), who shot 44.4% from the field on the night. Brad Waldow added 13 points and eight rebounds for the victorious Gaels.

It really was fitting that the two best teams in the WCC all season needed an extra period to decide things on Monday night. This season, the Gaels won 83-62 at home on January 12, and the Bulldogs returned the favor with a 73-59 home win on February 9.

This was the fourth straight WCC Tournament final matchup between the two schools, with Saint Mary's winning in 2010 and 2012, and Gonzaga winning in 2009 and 2011. Both teams will make the NCAA Tournament, but this was a thrilling end to a great game between two excellent teams.

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WCC Tournament Final, Saint Mary's Vs. Gonzaga: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships have reached their conclusion, and for the fourth straight season the Saint Mary's Gaels and Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing in the tournament final. Here are the details of Monday night's college basketball action, with a trip to the NCAA Tournament at stake:

Records & Seeding: No. 1 seed Saint Mary's (26-5, 14-2); No. 2 seed Gonzaga (25-5, 13-3)

Location: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN, with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Series History: Gonzaga has won two of the last three title games against St. Mary's, with the Gaels winning in 2010. This season, the Gaels won 83-62 at home on January 12, and the Bulldogs returned the favor with a 73-59 home win on February 9.

What a Streak: The Bulldogs have been in an amazing 15 straight WCC title games. They are 11-6 all-time in WCC title games, dating back to 1992.

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2012 WCC Tournament Bracket: Gonzaga Bulldogs Top BYU Cougars 77-58, Advance To Final

Kevin Pangos scored 30 points and dished out four assists to lead the No. 2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs over the No. 3 BYU Cougars 77-58 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Brandon Davies scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead BYU in defeat. The Cougars (25-8) shot just 37.7% on the night.

The Bulldogs (25-5) advance to face the No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels in the tournament final Monday night at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN. Sunday is an off day for the tournament, but let's recap the first four days of WCC basketball in Las Vegas, which has seen the higher seed win six of seven games:

Wednesday: No. 8 Portland 74, No. 9 Santa Clara 70

Thursday: No. 5 San Francisco 87, No. 8 Portland 66

Thursday: No. 6 San Diego 76, No. 7 Pepperdine 54

Friday: No. 5 San Francisco 67, No. 4 Loyola Marymount 60

Friday: No. 3 BYU 73, No. 6 San Diego 68

Saturday: No. 1 Saint Mary's 83, No. 5 San Francisco 78

Saturday: No. 2 Gonzaga 77, No. 3 BYU 58

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WCC Tournament 2012, St. Mary's Vs. San Francisco: Gaels Advance With 83-78 Win

The Saint Mary's Gaels were the number one team in the West Coast Conference, so it's only fitting that they end up in the finals of the 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships. The Gaels beat the San Francisco Dons 83-78 Saturday night in the tournament semifinals from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, behind 19 points from Clint Steindl, including six three-pointers.

The game was close throughout, with San Francisco leading 38-34 at halftime, and neither team leading by more than 10 points. Rob Jones had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Saint Mary's (26-5), which shot 54.2% for the game, and made 11 of 26 shots from three-point range (42.3%). Saint Mary's had five players score in double figures.

Cody Doolin led the Dons (20-13) with 28 points and also had five rebounds and five assists, and Perris Blackwell added 19 points on eight-of-10 shooting. The Gaels outrebounded the Dons 29-20 on the night.

The Gaels advance to Monday's tournament final, which will be against the winner of Gonzaga vs. BYU, and be televised by ESPN at 6 p.m. PST.

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WCC Tournament 2012 Schedule For Saturday: Times, TV Coverage And More

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is now down to its final four teams, with the semifinals taking place on Saturday night. Here is Saturday's full semifinal schedule, complete with TV and streaming information:

Game 6

Matchup: No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels (25-5, 14-2) vs. No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons (20-12, 8-8)

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN2, with Dave Flemming on play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: The Gaels won both meetings with the Dons this season, winning 87-72 at home on January 9 and 67-60 on the road on February 25.

Game 7

Matchup: No. 2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-5, 13-3) vs. No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (25-7, 12-4)

Time: 8 p.m. PST is the plan, but basically 30 minutes after the first game of the night ends.

TV: ESPN2, with Dave Flemming on play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: The two schools split two meetings this season, with each team winning at home.

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WCC Tournament 2012, Loyola Marymount Vs. USF Final Score: Lions Fall To Dons, 67-60

The Loyola Marymount Lions went to the 2012 WCC Tournament in Las Vegas as the No. 4 seed, but following their game against the San Francisco Dons on Friday night, they will be packing their bags and heading home early. The Lions took the lead early but were unable to hold on as they ultimately lost by a final score of 67-60.


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LMU fell behind in the opening minutes but opened up a decent lead by midway through the first half. Insane plays like this one by C.J. Blackwell sure didn't hurt, either (click to animate):

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But the Dons roared back to life in the first half and closed in on the Lions' lead. Entering halftime, Loyola Marymount led by the slimmest of margins. They entered halftime up by a score of 35-34 and grabbed a five-point lead in the opening minutes. The Dons would not quit, finally taking the lead with 11:30 left in the game. It was a lead that they would not surrender.

The Dons will next face the No. 1 seeded St. Mary's Gaels in the semifinals on Saturday.

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WCC Tournament 2012, Loyola Marymount Vs. San Francisco: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships have reached the quarterfinals, which take place Friday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Loyola Marymount Lions look for their 20th win of the season on Friday night, facing the San Francisco Dons in their third meeting of the season. Here are the details:

Records & Seeding: No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount (19-11, 11-5); No. 5 seed San Francisco (19-12, 8-8)

Location: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: ESPNU, with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Series History: The two schools have met five times in the WCC Tournament, with San Francisco winning four of the five games. This season, Loyola Marymount has beaten San Francisco both times they played this season, both close games decided by a grand total of three points. The Lions won 77-76 in San Francisco in overtime on December 31, then overcame a 19-point deficit to win 90-88 at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles on February 4.

Up Next: The winner of this game will face the No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels Saturday night in the tournament semifinals on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PST.

Good Start: Pepperdine has won their first WCC Tournament game in three of the last four seasons.

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WCC Tournament 2012 Schedule For Friday: Times, TV Coverage And More

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships gets underway with its third day of games on Friday, with two more contests. Here is Friday's full quarterfinal schedule, complete with TV and streaming information:

Game 4

Matchup: No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount Lions (19-11, 11-5) vs. No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons (19-12, 8-8)

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: ESPNU, with Dave Flemming on play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: The Lions won both meetings with the Dons this season, but only by a total of three points.

Up Next: The winner of this game plays the No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels 6 p.m. PST Saturday night in the tournament semifinals.

Game 5

Matchup: No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (24-7, 12-4) vs. No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros (13-17, 7-9)

Time: 8 p.m. PST is the plan, but basically 30 minutes after the first game of the night ends.

TV: ESPNU, with Dave Flemming on play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: BYU won both matchups against San Diego this season, handily. The Cougars won 88-52 in Provo on December 31, and BYU won 82-63 in San Diego on January 16.

Up Next: The winner of this game plays the No. 2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs at 8 p.m. PST Saturday night in the second tournament semifinal.

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WCC Tournament Bracket Update: Six Teams Remain

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships continued Thursday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and so far the chalk has prevailed, with the higher seed winning all three games. On Thursday night the No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons easily beat the No. 8 seed Portland Pilots 87-66 behind 19 points from both Rashad Green and Angelo Caloiaro.

The No. 7 Pepperdine Waves were eliminated with a 76-54 loss at the hands of the No. 6 San Diego Toreros, behind 30 points from a hot-shooting Johnny Dee. Six teams remain, and here is the remaining tournament schedule:

Friday, March 2

No. 4 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 5 San Francisco (6 p.m., ESPNU)

No. 3 BYU vs. No. 6 San Diego (8 p.m., ESPNU)

Saturday, March 3

No. 1 Saint Mary's vs. LMU/USF winner (6 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. BYU/USD winner (8 p.m., ESPN2)

Monday, March 5

Championship Game (6 p.m., ESPN)

For a printable WCC tournament bracket, go here.

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WCC Tournament 2012, Pepperdine Vs. San Diego Score: Toreros Eliminate Waves With 76-54 Win, BYU Next

So far chalk has prevailed in Las Vegas. The No. 7 seed Pepperdine Waves ended their season Thursday night with a 76-54 loss to the No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros in the 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena. Johnny Dee scored 30 points to lead San Diego in the win, including six three-pointers.

Dee made nine of 14 field goals on the night, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc for San Diego (13-17, 7-9), who shot 56.3% on the night.

This was the sixth meeting in the WCC Tournament in the last eight years for the Waves and Toreros. Pepperdine (10-19, 4-12) was led in scoring by senior center Corbin Moore, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his final college game. Forward Taylor Darby, also playing his final game for the Waves, had 15 points and eight rebounds in defeat.

Pepperdine cut an 11-point halftime deficit to two with 15:53 remaining in the game, but San Diego went on a 32-12 run over the next 10 minutes to put the game away. Pepperdine lost all three games to San Diego this season.

San Diego advances to battle the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars in the second of two games Friday night, to be televised by ESPNU.

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WCC Tournament 2012, San Francisco Vs. Portland Final Score: Dons Advance With 87-66 Win, Loyola Marymount Next

The No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons closed the first half on an 18-2 run and never looked back, cruising to a 87-66 win over the No. 8 seed Portland Pilots Thursday night in the 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rashad Green had 19 points and six rebounds for San Francisco, who shot 50.8% on the night. Angelo Caloiaro added 19 points and Perris Blackwell had 15 points and six rebounds for the Dons. That trio combined to make 21 of 29 shots (72.4%) from the field.

The Dons led 33-30 with 4:53 remaining in the first half, but went on an 18-2 run to take a 51-32 halftime advantage.

San Francisco led by as many as 29 points in the second half. Nemanja Mitrovic led the Pilots with 16 points.

The Dons advance to battle the No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday night at 6 p.m. PST on ESPNU in the tournament quarterfinals. LMU has beaten San Francisco twice this season, but only by a total of three points.

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WCC Tournament Bracket Update: Santa Clara First Team Eliminated

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, as the No. 8 seed Portland Pilots defeated the No. 9 seed Santa Clara Broncos 74-70 in the opening game, behind 24 points and 11 rebounds from Ryan Nicholas. We are now down to an eight-team bracket in the WCC Tournament, which continues on Thursday night.

The No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels and No. 2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs get byes until the semifinals, which aren't until Saturday. Here is the remaining tournament schedule:

Thursday, March 1

No. 5 San Francisco vs. No. 8 Portland (6 p.m., BYUtv)

No. 6 San Diego vs. No. 7 Pepperdine (8 p.m., BYUtv)

Friday, March 2

No. 4 Loyola Marymount vs. USF/Portland winner (6 p.m., ESPNU)

No. 3 BYU vs. USD/Pepperdine winner (8 p.m., ESPNU)

Saturday, March 3

No. 1 Saint Mary's vs. LMU/USF/Portland (6 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. BYU/USD/Pepperdine (8 p.m., ESPN2)

Monday, March 5

Championship Game (6 p.m., ESPN)

For a printable WCC tournament bracket, go here.

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WCC Tournament 2012, Pepperdine Vs. San Diego: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships continue on Thursday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Pepperdine Waves won their last two games of the season to avoid playing in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Wednesday night, and look for a third consecutive victory on Thursday against the San Diego Toreros in the second game of the night. Here are the details:

Records & Seeding: No. 7 Pepperdine (10-18, 4-12 in WCC); No. 6 San Diego (12-17, 7-9)

Location: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas

Time: 8 p.m. PST is the scheduled start time, but that seems ambitious. This game will start 30 minutes after the first game of the night ends.

TV: BYUtv, with Dave McCann on play-by-play and Steve Cleveland as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Series History: Pepperdine leads the all-time series history with San Diego 56-36, and the two schools have met six times in the last eight years in the WCC Tournament. The Waves won last year against the Toreros in the tourney, but lost both games against USD this season. San Diego holds a 5-4 advantage over Pepperdine in WCC Tournament play.

Up Next: The winner of this game will face the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars Friday night in the tournament quarterfinals on ESPNU at 8 p.m. PST.

Good Start: Pepperdine has won their first WCC Tournament game in three of the last four seasons.

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WCC Tournament 2012 Schedule For Thursday: Times, TV Coverage And More

The second day of the 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships gets underway on Thursday night, with two more games on the docket, featuring seeds five through eight battling to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. Here is Thursday's full schedule, complete with TV and streaming information:

Game 2

Matchup: No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons (18-12, 8-8) vs. No. 8 seed Portland Pilots (7-23, 3-13)

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: BYUtv, with Dave McCann on play-by-play and Steve Cleveland as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: The Dons won both meetings with the Pilots, including a 104-70 win at home on January 12, and a 72-71 win in Portland nine days later.

Up Next: The winner of this game plays the No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount Lions at 6 p.m. PST Friday night.

Game 3

Matchup: No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros (12-17, 7-9) vs. No. 7 seed Pepperdine Waves (10-18, 4-12)

Time: 8 p.m. PST is the plan, but basically 30 minutes after the first game of the night ends.

TV: BYUtv, with Dave McCann on play-by-play and Steve Cleveland as the analyst.

Streaming: Live on ESPN3

Season Series: Pepperdine lost both games to San Diego this season, 65-56 on the road on January 26 and 70-57 in Malibu on February 9. The Waves won their last two regular season games to avoid playing in the 8/9 game on Wednesday night.

Up Next: The winner of this game plays the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars at 8 p.m. PST Friday night.

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West Coast Conference Tournament Schedule, Portland Vs. Santa Clara Score: Pilots Advance With 74-70 Win

Ryan Nicholas scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the No. 8 seed Portland Pilots over the No. 9 seed Santa Clara Broncos 74-70 on Wednesday night in the opening game of the 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Portland will now face the No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons Thursday night at 6 p.m. PST in the next round. The loss for the Broncos was their 18th straight defeat.

The Pilots led 41-35 at halftime, and built a lead as large as 13 points with 16:08 remaining in the second half. Kevin Bailey added 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists for Portland, who shot 56.8% from the field during the game. Nicholas made 10 of of his 11 shots from the field, including his only attempt from three-point range. The Pilots made eight of 16 shots from beyond the arc during the contest.

Evan Roquemore scored 21 points to lead Santa Clara, who shot just 37.5% from the field. Santa Clara lost all 17 games against WCC foes this season.

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WCC Tournament 2012 Schedule For Wednesday: Times, TV Coverage And More

The Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships get underway on Wednesday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament opens with the bottom two teams of the conference playing what is essentially a play-in game for the college basketball tournament.

The No. 8 seed Portland Pilots (6-23, 3-13) will battle the No. 9 seed Santa Clara Broncos (8-21, 0-16) on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PST in a game that will be televised on WCCSports.com. The remaining games of the tournament will be televised by either BYUtv or the ESPN family of networks, including ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN.

Portland enters the game on a six-game losing streak but that makes them the relatively hot team among the two, as Santa Clara has lost 17 consecutive games, including all 16 games in conference. Two of Portland's three conference wins came against Santa Clara this season, an 84-74 win at home on January 5 and an 84-78 road victory on February 2.

The winner of this game will face the No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons on Thursday night in a 6 p.m. PST game televised by BYUtv. The second game Thursday night will pit the No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros against the No. 7 seed Pepperdine Waves.

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2012 WCC Basketball Tournament Schedule, TV & Streaming Info And More

The West Coast Conference close out its college basketball regular season schedule on Saturday night, and the seedings are set for the 2012 WCC Basketball Championships, which begin on Wednesday, February 28 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the full tournament schedule (all times PST):

Wednesday, February 29

Game 1: 6 p.m. - No. 8 Portland Pilots vs. No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos (live on WCCsports.com)

Thursday, March 1

Game 2: 6 p.m. - No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. Game 1 winner (BYUtv / ESPN3)

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 - No. 6 San Diego Toreros vs. No. 7 Pepperdine Waves (BYUtv / ESPN3)

Friday, March 2

Game 4: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Game 2 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)

Game 5: 30 minutes after Game 4 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. Game 3 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)

Saturday, March 3

Game 6: 6 p.m. - No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

Game 7: 30 minutes after Game 6 - No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)

Monday, March 5

Game 8: Championship Game (6pm, ESPN / ESPN3)

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WCC Basketball Tournament Schedule 2012: Pepperdine, San Diego Set For Quarterfinal Matchup

The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will begin on Wednesday in Las Vegas, as the eight-game tournament will be played at the Orleans Arena. The Pepperdine Waves (10-18, 4-12 in WCC play) have been at the bottom of the conference for most of the season, but won their last two games to avoid playing the play-in game on Wednesday, February 28.

The Waves are locked in as the No. 7 seed, and will play the San Diego Toreros on Thursday, the second of two quarterfinal matchups which begin at 6 p.m. PST. San Diego (12-17, 7-9) lost Saturday night at home to Gonzaga, locking them in as the No. 6 seed. The winner will face the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. PST in a tournament quarterfinal game televised by ESPNU.

Pepperdine lost both games to the Toreros this season, falling 65-56 in San Diego on January 26, then losing at home 70-57 on February 9. The Waves lost to BYU twice as well, 77-64 at home on January 21 and 86-48 in Provo on February 11.

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