Game 1: BYU 89, Loyola Marymount 81
Here is the enraging thing about BYU. A week ago, they rolled into Spokane and took down a No. 1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. Give them seven days off, and the Cougars have a mediocre game against a decidedly not good team. So it goes, or something like that.
Led by big games from Eric Mika (25 points) and Nick Emery (21 points), the Cougars used a massive advantage on the charity stripe to take the win and advance to the semifinals. BYU attempted a total of 39 free throws compared to 14 by LMU.
Game 2: Santa Clara 76, San Francisco 69
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will get one last sight at Santa Clara uberstar Jared Brownridge after Brownridge scored 28 points to lead the Broncos over the Dons. The big story of the game was Ronnie Boyce for San Francisco, who scored an astounding 33 points in just 22 minutes. The Santa Clara defense was the kicker for the Broncos, who were able to force 19 turnovers as they pulled away late in the game.
Game 3: Gonzaga 82, Pacific 50
Game 4: Saint Mary’s 81, Portland 58
The Gaels got big games from Calvin Hermanson and Jock Landale as they easily dispatched the Alec Wintering-less Pilots. Jazz Johnson provided the fireworks for both teams, scoring 26 points, but Portland had no answer for the Saint Mary’s frontcourt. Perhaps a bit concerning for the Gaels, although they were not needed at all, but Joe Rahon and Emmett Naar didn’t provide too much offense. GRANTED, Naar did chip in a few assists (just 11), but Rahon attempted just three shots for three points, and Naar attempted eight shots for just four points. If the BYU win over Gonzaga showed anything, you are going to need some offensive firepower from the backcourt to down the Zags.
And that is it for the day. Remember, no games today due to religious observance for BYU. The West Coast Conference Tournament gets underway tomorrow.
Monday, March 6
- Game 7: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Santa Clara, 6:00 pm PT, ESPN or ESPN2
- Game 8: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 3 BYU, 8:30 pm PT, ESPN or ESPN2