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Gonzaga 81, San Francisco 77

LAS VEGAS - Joel Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 2 Gonzaga survived a scare to beat San Francisco 81-77 in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

Killian Tillie had 19 points and Ryan Woolrdige had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace Gonzaga (30-2), which will be playing in its 26th WCC final and seeking its 17th championship.

Charles Minlend scored 19 points, one of four players in double figures for the Dons (22-12). Khalil Shabazz had 17 points.

Ayayi broke a 69-69 tie with 4:14 left with a jumper, and hit a mid-range shot on the following possession to give Gonzaga a 73-69 lead. The redshirt sophomore scored eight of Gonzaga's nine points during a 9-3 run.

San Francisco had a 12-2 run in the first half and tied it at 25-25 on Remu Raitanen's 3-pointer with 6:29 left.

Gonzaga had a 10-3 run shortly thereafter. Woolridge, who had 14 points in the first half, hit his second 3 with 49 seconds left to make it 39-32.

The Dons took their first lead at 54-53 with 11:50 remaining on a three-point play from Minlend.

San Francisco kept it close by attacking the basket and limiting Gonzaga offensively. The Dons were 1 for 6 from 3-point range to start the second half but made 10 of their first 14 2-pointers. They finished 6-for-26 from 3.

Gonzaga went 18 of 26 from the free-throw line.

Associated Press


March 9, 2020

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