LAS VEGAS (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored 16 points as No. 18 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 68-60 Monday to advance to the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Gonzaga will look to win its fifth WCC tournament championship in six years on Tuesday.
Shelby Cheslek had 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Gonzaga (28-4). Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench and scored 14 points in the first half. The Bulldogs forced 12 first-half turnovers and led 37-26.
Senior Jackie Nared had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Mary’s (22-9). The Gaels overcame a 17-point deficit against San Diego on Friday and trailed by as many as 13 against the Bulldogs.
Saint Mary’s went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to pull within 39-35, but the Gaels would get no closer. Down the stretch, Gonzaga held Saint Mary’s to only one field goal in a 9-minute span.
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