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Gonzaga beats BYU for WCC title

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POSTED March 12, 2014 12:33 a.m.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga has been the class of the West Coast Conference, regular hoisting regular-season and tournament trophies for nearly two decades.

Even for a team such as this, finishing off another title sweep is a feel-good accomplishment.

Sam Dower Jr. had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Gonzaga held its ground during a second-half rally to beat BYU 75-64 Tuesday night for its 13th WCC championship.

“It never gets old. Never gets old,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It’s obviously something we start talking about it and prepare for way back in the summer. For these guys to step up and make it happen, not only in the regular season but to win here and not share, is just an awesome, awesome accomplishment.”

Braun’s late layup helps N Dakota St clinch Summit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Taylor Braun made a bold statement after North Dakota’s 2013 Summit League championship loss to South Dakota State.

“We’re going to win it next year,” he said.

Braun followed through on that promise Tuesday night by making a key layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and adding the free throw to lead the Bison to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for the Summit League title and a second trip to the NCAA tournament.

University of San Diego
invited to CIT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of San Diego has been invited to play in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, a bid that might have saved coach Bill Grier’s job.

USD (16-16) says it will host a first-round game Tuesday night. The opponent is expected to be from either the Big West or Big Sky.

This is USD’s first postseason tournament berth since it upset Connecticut in the NCAA tournament in 2008, Grier’s first season at the West Coast Conference school.

That was the first NCAA tournament win by a Division I program in San Diego. San Diego State didn’t pick up its first NCAA tournament victory until three years later.

USD hasn’t had a winning season since 2007-08, leading to speculation about Grier’s future. Grier’s record at USD is 100-127.

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