As the banners were unveiled celebrating Saint Mary’s double conference title to kick off a Selection Sunday celebration, there were more fans on hand at McKeon Pavilion than the Gaels drew for games in coach Randy Bennett’s first season at the school.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points to lead Saint Mary’s to a 78-74 victory against No. 24 Gonzaga on Monday night to claim its second West Coast Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA bid in three years.
Michael Williams scored 19 points, Cody Doolin scored 16 and San Francisco beat Loyola Marymount 67-60 in the West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday night.
Rashad Green and Angelo Caloiaro scored 19 points each to lead San Francisco to an 87-66 victory against Portland in the second round of the West Coast Conference tournament on Thursday night.
Ryan Nicholas scored a career-high 24 points to lead Portland to a 74-70 victory Wednesday night over Santa Clara in the opening game of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Rob Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary’s defeated Portland 70-43 on Thursday night to give the Gaels at least a share of the West Coast Conference title for the second straight season.
Taylor Darby had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Pepperdine opened the second half on a 14-2 run en route to a 63-57 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Evan Roquemore had 21 points for Santa Clara (8-18, 0-13), which has lost 14 straight since beating Eastern Michigan on Dec. 29.
Matt Carlino scored a career-high 30 points, including a game-winning basket with 21 seconds remaining, as Brigham Young beat San Francisco 85-84 Thursday night for its sixth victory in seven games.
Jamie Katuna scored 21 points and Rheina Ale added 17 points and six rebounds as San Francisco upset No. 23 BYU
71-64 on Thursday night.