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Gonzaga earns NCAA tournament bid with win over Saint Mary's

Zags defeat Gaels, 83-58, to win the West Coast Conference tournament.

March 10, 2009|Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points, Micah Downs had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 12 Gonzaga qualified for the NCAA tournament with an 83-58 victory over St. Mary's and struggling star Patrick Mills on Monday night in the West Coast Conference final.

Matt Bouldin scored 14 points for the relentless Bulldogs (26-5), who followed up their perfect regular-season conference slate with two easy wins in the tournament, giving them 19 victories in their last 20 games.

With Mills going two for 16 in his second game back from a broken hand, St. Mary's (25-6) never threatened Gonzaga in a loss that endangers the Gaels' hopes for the first consecutive NCAA tournament bids in school history.

St. Mary's finished with 19-for-66 shooting, falling behind by 13 points at halftime and never mounting a rally.

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