Saturday, March 04, 2017

WCC Tournament: BYU, Santa Clara, Zags, Gaels (Who Knock Out Pilots) Reach Semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place with four games on Saturday at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Game #1:

Eric Mika scored 25 points while Nick Emery added 21 as the #3-seeded BYU Cougars (22-10) downed sixth-seeded Loyola Marymount (15-15) 89-81.  Brandon Brown paced the Lions with 22 points.

Game #2:

As part of a 28-point performance, Jared Brownridge converted all eleven free-throw shots as the fourth-seeded Santa Clara Broncos (17-15) upended #5-seeded San Francisco (20-12) 76-69, offsetting 33 points from the Dons' Ronnie Boyce.

Game #3:

Jordan Matthews scored 22 points while Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 as the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-1;#4 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls), after only leading by two points at halftime, smashed the game wide open by outscoring Pacific (11-22) 55-25 in the second half in putting away the ninth-seeded Tigers 82-50.  T.J. Wallace topped the Tigers with 21 points.

Game #4

Calvin Hermanson scored 21 points (while hitting five three-point shots in the process) and Jock Landale added 19 as the #2-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels (27-3; #20 AP, #18 Coaches) defeated the #10-seeded Portland Pilots (11-22) 81-58.

Jazz Johnson led the Pilots (who were outrebounded 38-23) with 26 points as Portland's season came to a conclusion.

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