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Mark Few has never missed a WCC championship game as head coach Saint Mary’s had no chance to end that streak on Monday night Gonzaga took control of the opening tip and sent the Gaels, 78-55

There was no problem with rust after not playing for nine days Everyone got involved in the first half Joel Ayayi hit a transition three and had a trademark baseline layup Andrew Nembhard hit a pair of threes and was absolutely masterful at ball umbrellas Corey Kispert got out of transition as always. Drew Timme got his patented early post-ups, but also led the break twice. He walked 7-on-8 off the field in 16 minutes. Overall, Gonzaga shot 64 percent in the first 20 minutes and led to Halftime with 44:26

This year’s Saint Mary team is very different from the last decade in that their offense simply has no elite playmakers, and their three-point shooters have been injured time and again throughout the season, which is why they have relied on their defense, and when they entered tonight, they ranked 12th nationwide in KenPom’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Gonzaga Square doesn’t care about these numbers

All five Gonzaga starters were in double digits with nine minutes to go, in fact, the starters were the only ones to score most of the night The Zags ran out of bank points until Anton Watson dove in six minutes before the end of When After Criticism looking it could be bank points and turnovers felt like Gonzaga was a little loose with the ball and ended up turning 14 for the game of course with a 20 point head start most of the night it goes without saying to have some disappointments Such is life in the WCC this season

Timme finished the race with 18 points (8-11 FG), eight rebounds and four assists Ayayi was spot on with 16 points and eight rebounds Suggs added 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals Kispert had 14 points and six rebounds, but missed all five shots from outside the bow Nembhard had 10 points and zero turnovers It was a masterclass in balance

Gonzaga faces BYU on Tuesday after the Cougars won a dramatic overtime game against Pepperdine, and they returned to win it in OT after handing Colbey Ross a summer beater on regulation that will Gonzaga 24 West Coast Conference Championship Game in a Row That Is Absolutely Stunning Pepperdine was on the verge of becoming the first WCC team not named Saint Marys or BYU to face the Zags in the title game since San Diego defeated them in 2008, but You can watch the game on Tuesday at 6pm on ESPN

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World News – USA – Gonzaga moves up to 24th direct WCC title game

Source: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/2021/3/8/22320647/gonzaga-advances-to-24th-straight-wcc-title-game