Bulldogs Meet San Diego In Semifinal
March 5, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Gonzaga University will face No. 4 seed University of San Diego in Sunday's 6 p.m. semifinal of the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament.
The Toreros (16-12) got 34 points from Brandon Gay in defeating fifth-seeded Pepperdine University 86-80 Saturday night at the Leavey Center on the Santa Clara University campus.
Gay, who had 25 points in the first half that included a 7-for-7 half from 3-point range, finished 10-for-19 from the field and 7-for-9 from long range.
Alex Acker finished with 31 points for the Waves (17-14) who had defeated No. 8 Loyola Marymount University on Friday to set up Saturday's match-up with the Toreros. Pepperdine starting forward Yakhouba Diawara, averaging 14.4 ppg and shooting 45.1 percent from the field entering the game, went 0-for-18 from the field, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range, and finished with 2 points on a pair of free throws.
The Bulldogs won both meetings against USD this year, 68-56 at San Diego in a game the Toreros went 2-for-20 from the field in the second half, and 90-73 in the re-match in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga has won 13 of the last 14 meetings with USD and 15 of the last 17. The Bulldogs lead the series 43-20.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few's only WCC Tournament setback was to USD in the 2003 title game 72-63 on the Toreros home floor. Few is 12-1 in WCC Tournament play in his five previous years. The USD win also snapped Gonzaga's 13-game WCC Tournament winning streak that had dated back to the 1999 event. Gonzaga and USD will be meeting in the WCC Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years and for the 11th time in the history of the tourney. Gonzaga is 6-4 against USD in the tournament.
Sunday's game will be televised on ESPN2 and can also be heard on 1510 KGA radio in Spokane.
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