Top-ranked Gonzaga tops Saint Mary's to win WCC crown

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LAS VEGAS — Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and top-ranked Gonzaga bolstered its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament by cruising to a 65-51 win over Saint Mary’s (27-6) in the West Coast Conference championship game Monday night.

Gonzaga's Elias Harris pressures Saint Mary's Brad Waldow in the first half of   the West Coast Conference final Monday night. The Bulldogs improved to 31-2.  JULIE JACOBSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Gonzaga's Elias Harris pressures Saint Mary's Brad Waldow in the first half of the West Coast Conference final Monday night. The Bulldogs improved to 31-2.

The Bulldogs (31-2) are headed to the NCAA tournament for the 15th consecutive season.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

DAVIDSON 74, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 55

In Asheville, N.C., De’Mon Brooks had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Davidson (26-7) defended its title with a wire-to-wire victory over the College of Charleston
(24-10) .

The Wildcats have the nation’s third-longest winning streak at 17 games.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

JAMES MADISON 70, NORTHEASTERN 57

In Richmond, Va., A.J. Davis scored 26 points and James Madison put together an early 23-1 run before holding off a furious rally to beat Northeastern (20-12) to win the title.

Rayshawn Goins added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Dukes (20-14), who won their conference tournament for the first time to earn their first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1994.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

IONA 60, MANHATTAN 57

In Springfield, Mass., Tre Bowman came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points, leading Iona (20-13) to win over Manhattan (14-18) and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE

WESTERN KENTUCKY 65,

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 63

In Hot Springs, Ark., George Fant had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Western Kentucky (20-15) nipped Florida International (18-14) to earn its second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.


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