Saint Mary’s Gaels
Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes and Saint Mary’s stormed back from 10 points down in the second half to beat Utah 70-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT.
David Stockton had 21 points, Sam Dower Jr. added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Gonzaga advanced to the WCC final for the 17th straight year with a 70-54 win over Saint Mary’s Monday night.
Brad Waldow pumped in 28 points to lead Saint Mary’s to an 83-70 win over Louisiana Tech in a season opener Friday night.
Gonzaga has been chosen to win the West Coast Conference by the league’s coaches.
Down by five with only a few seconds remaining, Matthew Dellavedova and Saint Mary’s nearly pulled off an NCAA tournament stunner.
Saint Mary’s has already spent plenty of time traveling. The Moraga school opened the tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, then made a quick trip north to Auburn Hills.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points on Tuesday night, and Saint Mary’s got a good start on its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the First Four.
Saint Mary’s lost to Gonzaga in its conference tournament final, but made it to the NCAA tournament anyway.
Gonzaga bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing Saint Mary’s 65-51 in the West Coast Conference final Monday night.
The NCAA has placed Saint Mary’s on four years of probation for a “failure to monitor its men’s basketball program,” reducing scholarships and placing other penalties on the team after it said the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations.