9:00 PM ET, March 9, 2009
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Heytvelt, Downs lead way as Gonzaga clinches 11th straight NCAA berth
LAS VEGAS -- Coach Mark Few sensed the gathering inevitability from the opening minutes of Gonzaga's final landslide victory in a conference season full of them.When the deeply talented, tournament-tested Zags get rolling, even their toughest West Coast Conference rival is just a trifling bump on the road to bigger stages and better opponents in another NCAA tournament.Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points, Micah Downs added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 12 Gonzaga romped to its 11th consecutive NCAA appearance with an 83-58 victory over Saint Mary's and struggling star Patty Mills on Monday night in the WCC final.
• Gonzaga wins the West Coast Conference tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons and the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.
• Gonzaga will make its 10th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
• The Gaels shot a season-worst 28.8 percent from the field and snapped a six-game win streak.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-66 (.288)||34-62 (.548)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-17 (.176)||9-18 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-22 (.773)||6-10 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|