Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: Gonzaga Wins West Coast Conference Tourney

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: Gonzaga Wins West Coast Conference Tourney

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Gonzaga rolls by BYU, wins WCC tournament

Kyle Wiltjer had 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 7 Gonzaga shoot its way past Brigham Young 91-75 Tuesday night in Las Vegas for the Zags' third straight West Coast Conference tournament title.

Gonzaga (32-3), the regular-season champion, clinched its 14th WCC tournament title by putting on an offensive show.

Although Gonzaga started slowly in the title game, missing eight of its first 10 shots, once they got going, the Bulldogs seemed to take turns scoring.

The Bulldogs shot 53 percent inside Orleans Arena and made eight of 12 shots from 3-point range.

BYU (25-9) tried to match the Zags shot for shot behind Kyle Collinsworth, who had 28 points, but Gonzaga pulled away.

Horizon League * David Skara scored 12 points, E. Victor Nickerson had 11 and Valparaiso beat visiting Green Bay 54-44 to win the conference tournament title contest and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Crusaders (28-5), who also won the conference's regular season championship, won their second conference tournament title in the past three years.

Keifer Sykes, the two-time Horizon League player of the year, led Green Bay (24-8) with 14 points.

He came into the game averaging 29 points in the Phoenix's past three games, all wins.

Summit League * Lawrence Alexander scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half to help North Dakota State hold off South Dakota State 57-56 to win the league's tournament title in Sioux Falls, S.D., and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Jackrabbits fouled Alexander with 8 seconds remaining and he missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving South Dakota State a final shot. However, George Marshall's 3-point attempt was wide left.

The Bison advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time.

Northeast Conference * Rodney Pryor scored 17 points and Robert Morris denied St. Francis (Brooklyn) its first NCAA Tournament bid, beating the Terriers 66-63 in the league tournament championship game. The second-seeded Colonials (19-15) are going to the tournament for the first time since 2010. The top-seeded Terriers, who were at home, are 23-11.

NOTEBOOK

Alexander's status for KU uncertain * Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander missed the last few games of the regular season amid NCAA concerns about his eligibility and coach Bill Self is again holding out hope that he'll have his best interior defender available when the Jayhawks begin play in the Big 12 tournament. But he's not counting on that.

"Whatever happens with Cliff will be a bonus," he said.

However, he is expecting to have the rest of his players back leading scorer Perry Ellis from a knee injury, point guard Frank Mason III from a sore ankle and Brannen Greene from a suspension.

Tar Heels' Meeks is ailing * North Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks probably won't play in the No. 19 Tar Heels' Atlantic Coast Conference tourney opener, Wednesday against Boston College, because of illness.

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