LAS VEGAS -- Brad Waldow had 23 points and Matthew Dellavedova shook off a shooting slump to hit a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation as Saint Mary's defeated San Diego 69-66 in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament on Saturday night.
Beau Levesque scored 19 points and Mitchell Young 12 for the second-seeded Gaels (27-5), who face top seed and No. 1-ranked Gonzaga in the title game on Monday. It is the fifth straight year the schools have played for the WCC tournament championship.Johnny Dee had 18 points and made five 3-pointers for the No. 6-seeded Toreros (16-18). Chris Anderson added 11 points and nine assists.Dellavedova, the Gaels' all-time leading scorer, was limited to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. But he was on the spot with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, as his 3-pointer from the left corner tied the game at 62-all.Young scored four points in overtime to give Saint Mary's a 69-66 cushion. San Diego's last gasp came when Dee missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining, and the Gaels bled the rest of the time off the clock.Dellavedova had 12 assists. Waldow, who overcame a lost tooth suffered when he took an inadvertent elbow to the face while fighting for a rebound in the second half, had 16 rebounds.
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