GU men play BYU in WCC Tournament semis

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by Gonzaga University

KREM.com

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 3 at 8:46 AM

LAS VEGAS – The Gonzaga men's basketball faces No. 3 seed BYU in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday at 8pm. You can watch the game live on ESPN.

The Cougars held on to defeat San Diego 73-68 Friday for the right to meet the Bulldogs.

The West Coast Conference newcomer, BYU joined the conference July 1, 2011. The Bulldogs and Cougars met for just the second time in their basketball history when the 24th-ranked Zags headed to Provo Feb. 2 and came away with an 83-73 setback.

But the Bulldogs got revenge when BYU made its inaugural trip to the McCarthey Athletic Center just eight days ago in a 74-63 victory.

In the first meeting the Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and 19 times for the game that led to 22 BYU points. Robert Sacre and Elias Harris combined for just 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Gonzaga’s guards could manage just a 3-for-19 night from 3-point range.

The re-match was a different story as Harris scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high equaling 16 rebounds. The Zags also held BYU to 25 percent from the floor in the opening half and 30 percent for the game, the Cougars having shot 41 percent in Provo. The inaugural meeting between the Bulldogs and Cougars was in last year’s NCAA Tournament Third Round in Denver when BYU, led by Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette, claimed an 89-67 victory.

In Saturday’s other semifinal, No. 5 University of San Francisco will face No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Saint Mary’s College at 6 p.m. The Dons advanced with a 67-60 victory over No. 4 Loyola Marymount University in Friday’s other quarterfinal. LMU had won both regular-season meetings against USF.

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