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

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.