Saint Mary's Celebrate

(Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Gonzaga Bulldogs did something they haven’t done since 2012, lose to the Saint Mary’s Gaels in the WCC Championship. The Gaels defense came out and hit the Zags hard, stunning them and holding them to a season low in points as Saint Mary’s won the WCC at the New Orleans Stadium in Las Vegas, 60-47.

The Zags offense has been their strong point this season, averaging 88.8 points per game. The lowest point total before this matchup was 67 against Pacific, in a game the Zags still won by over 30 points.

The Gaels won their fourth WCC title in school history and their first as an underdog. Saint Mary’s was tied with Pepperdine for the second-most in conference history with three but now moves into sole possession of second-most championships. Three of the Gael’s four conference titles have come in the last 10 years, with Gonzaga finished as champs in the other seven seasons during that span.

The Zags are still a lock to make the NCAA Tournament, although their odds of being a No. 1 seed in the tournament look much dimmer after the loss. Still, their only previous losses came from Tennessee, who spent plenty of time as the No. 1 team in the country and North Carolina, which is making a strong push to win the ACC. The Zags are also the only team in the country to beat a fully-healthy Duke team.

Conference championships will continue to be played through this week with the March Madness brackets being announced on Sunday. The Zags, who will still be seeded well if not a No. 1 seed, will wait with the rest of the country on Sunday to see what their schedule will be this postseason.

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