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Saint Mary's beats No. 21 Gonzaga 83-62 in WCC

By Janie Mccauley

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 11:20 p.m. MST

Gonzaga forward Elias Harris (20) looks for room between St. Mary's forwards Mitchell Young (3) and Clint Steindl (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Moraga, Calif.

Tony Avelar, Associated Press

MORAGA, Calif. — Matthew Dellavadova hit five 3-pointers on the way to 26 points and also dished out six assists, and Saint Mary's pulled off a rare rout of No. 21 Gonzaga with an 83-62 win Thursday night in a matchup of the West Coast Conference's fiercest rivals.

Brad Waldow added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Stephen Holt had 13 points and six assists for the Gaels (16-2, 5-0) at a rocking McKeon Pavilion, where a standing-room only crowd packed the arena for a nationally televised showdown that's always the biggest draw of the season here. Students stormed the court after the final buzzer.

Elias Harris had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Pangos scored 12 for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-1 WCC), who had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Gonzaga lost in early December to Illinois and Michigan State, marking another tough nonconference schedule under coach Mark Few.

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