Scores

Final

San Francisco 78

(20-13, 8-8 WCC)

Saint Mary's 83

(26-5, 14-2 WCC)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    9:00 PM ET, March 3, 2012

    Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

    1 2 T
    SF 38 4078
    SMC 34 4983

    Top Performers

    San Francisco: C. Doolin 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Saint Mary's: M. Dellavedova 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Saint Mary's fights off San Francisco to reach WCC final

    ESPN.com news services

    LAS VEGAS -- Clint Steindl scored 19 points, including six 3-pointers, and top-seeded Saint Mary's (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today) defeated San Francisco 83-78 Saturday to earn a spot in the West Coast Conference tournament final for the fourth straight year.

    Saint Mary's (26-5) will face Gonzaga in Monday's championship after the Bulldogs beat Brigham Young 77-58 later Saturday. The Gaels split their regular-season series with Gonzaga, including a 14-point road loss on Feb. 9.

    Saturday's win was the Gaels' 14th straight over the Dons.

    Cody Doolin led San Francisco (20-13) with a career-high 28 points.

    Saint Mary's trailed the entire first half and didn't take its first lead until 12:12 left to play, when WCC player of the year Matthew Dellavedova fed Brad Waldow for a layup and a 53-51 Gaels lead.

    Michael Williams' 3-pointer with 6 seconds left pulled the Dons within 81-78, but Saint Mary's held on for the win.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SF
    SMC
    Points 78 83
    FG Made-Attempted 28-53 (.528) 26-48 (.542)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 11-26 (.423)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-17 (.824) 20-26 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

    2011-12 Season

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