MORAGA, Calif. -- Sam Dower scored 21 points, Elias Harris added 18 and Gonzaga moved into a first-place tie in the West Coast Conference with an 89-85 overtime victory over Saint Mary's on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (20-9, 10-3) overcame a rowdy road crowd and held off the Gaels to keep alive their hopes of building on a decade of dominance in the conference. Gonzaga has won a share of the league's regular-season title each of the past 10 years and can claim at least a portion of it again with a win against San Diego on Saturday.
Matthew Dellavedova had 24 points and Rob Jones scored 21 for Saint Mary's (22-7, 10-3), which has lost two straight conference games and will need a win over Portland this weekend to settle for at least a share of the conference crown.
The Gaels could have won their first outright regular-season WCC championship since 1989 with a victory over Gonzaga. Instead, the Zags showed why they've been so dominant.
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Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.