Bulldogs Meet San Diego In Semfinals

March 3, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - Top seed and regular-season champion Gonzaga University (21-10; 11-3) will face No. 5 seed University of San Diego (18-13; 6-8) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chiles Center.

USD defeated the University of San Francisco 77-75 on Saturday to advance. USD had defeated No. 8 seed Pepperdine University on Friday. Under the current tournament format, no team has ever won three games to advance to the finals.

The Bulldogs, seeded into the semifinals along with No. 2 seed Santa Clara University, defeated USD 74-64 in the regular-season final last Monday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Combined with SCU's loss to Pepperdine the Bulldogs claimed their seventh straight WCC regular-season title. USD went on a 13-0 run to end the half and draw into a 32-32 halftime tie. USD still led 45-42 before the Bulldogs went on an 18-5 run spearheaded by Micah Downs who scored the final 9 points in the spurt. Jeremy Pargo scored 10 of his 15 points in the final 12:10.

Gonzaga has won 10 straight and 20 of the last 22 meetings with USD. The last USD victory in the series came in the 2003 West Coast Conference Tournament title game hosted by the Toreros 72-63. Gonzaga is 8-4 against USD in WCC Tournament play. The last time the teams met in the tourney was 2005 at Santa Clara University, the top-seeded Bulldogs taking a 90-74 semifinal victory over the fourth-seeded Toreros. Gonzaga leads the series 48-20.

Gonzaga is bidding for a fourth straight WCC Tournament crown and their eight title in the last nine years. The WCC Tournament winner advances to the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs seeking their ninth straight trip to the NCAA tourney.

Sunday's game will be televised on ESPN2 and can also be heard on 1510 KGA radio in Spokane and over the internet on this web site.

No. 3 seed Saint Mary's College faced No. 7 seed and host University of Portland in Saturday's late game, the winner meeting SCU on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.



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