Gonzaga Trounces Saint Mary's To Advance To WCC Finals

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

David Stockton and Gary Bell led the way for Gonzaga tonight in a very impressive showing...

Gary Bell Jr. and David Stockton combined for 35 points tonight as Gonzaga absolutely dominated Saint Mary's for a third time this season to advance to the West Coast Conference Tournament finals.  Forward Sam Dower added 12 points as Mark Few stuck with a short rotation tonight and it paid off in a big way as Gonzaga's starting five carried the day at the Orleans Arena.

After a rough showing against Santa Clara that nearly resulted in a one-and-done exit in the tournament and a possible NIT bid, the Bulldogs bounced back in a big way against their biggest rival.  While there were excellent performances all around, it was truly Stockton and Bell that paced this team.  In all honesty, David Stockton could do no wrong.  The often-maligned guard finished with 21 points on 7-13 from the floor.  He added 6 rebounds and 4 assists and did not turn the ball over once.  The turnover stat is the most remarkable to me as he has struggled with turnovers all year, in fact he only had two other games in the 2014 calendar year with zero turnovers.

Gary Bell was the other star of the night.  He had 14 points on 6-8 shooting.  Like Stockton, he had no turnovers and had 2 rebounds and 2 assists.  We have criticized Bell in the past for passing up open looks and being tentative but tonight he was very aggressive and made all the right plays.

Obviously this is a huge win.  Not only does it ensure another WCC finals appearance but it likely solidifies Gonzaga's spot in the NCAA Tournament.  After the Santa Clara game, it was very necessary for the Bulldogs to have a solid showing and they did just that tonight.  Now, the Zags await the winner of what should be a very exciting BYU - San Francisco matchup.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Slipper Still Fits

You must be a member of The Slipper Still Fits to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Slipper Still Fits. You should read them.

Join The Slipper Still Fits

You must be a member of The Slipper Still Fits to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Slipper Still Fits. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker