Twice can be a coincidence. Three times is a trend. Top-seeded Gonzaga proved it is simply better than Saint Mary’s this season with a 70-54 victory in the first semifinal of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena on Monday night.
Gonzaga playing Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas has become almost as much a March tradition as St. Patrick’s Day or Joe Lunardi. The Bulldogs and Gaels will meet today for the sixth straight year in the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena.
Birch has been one of the nation’s top shot blockers this season, and for the second consecutive season, UNLV’s 6-foot-9-inch junior forward was named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the year.