St. Mary's beats San Francisco 83-78 for WCC final

By Lynn Debruin

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 9:42 p.m. MST

San Francisco's Rashad Green passes under the hoop during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's (Calif.) at the West Coast Conference tournament on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Isaac Brekken, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Clint Steindl scored 19 points, including six 3-pointers, and top-seeded Saint Mary's defeated San Francisco 83-78 Saturday to earn a spot in the West Coast Conference tournament final for the fourth straight year.

Saint Mary's (26-5) faces the winner of Gonzaga-Brigham Young in Monday's championship. The Gaels swept BYU during the regular season by a combined 30 points and split with Gonzaga, including a 14-point road loss on Feb. 9.

Saturday's win was the Gaels' 14th straight over the Dons.

Cody Doolin led San Francisco (20-13) with a career-high 28 points.

Saint Mary's trailed the entire first half and didn't take its first lead until 12:12 left to play, when WCC player of the year Matthew Dellavedova fed Brad Waldow for a layup and a 53-51 Gaels lead.

Michael Williams' 3-pointer with 6 seconds left pulled the Dons within 81-78, but Saint Mary's held on for the win.

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