Originally posted on Just Cover Blog  |  Last updated 3/5/12
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(1) Saint Mary’s 78, (2) Gonzaga 74 (OT) - My pick: Gonzaga -2.5

Player of the game: Gonzaga forward Elias Harris scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, along with grabbing 13 rebounds. Harris hit a three-pointer with less than six seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

The game was won when… SMC’s Matthew Dellavedova hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to extend the lead to four points and secure the win.

Team stat of the game: Both teams combined to shoot 13-for-45 from three-point range.

What it means: Both teams already had NCAA tournament bids locked up, but their seeds likely will change. Before the game, Gonzaga had a No. 6 seed in the Bracket Matrix while Saint Mary’s had a No. 7. Monday’s game was just the latest in one of the best rivalries in college basketball. The teams have met 12 times over the last four years — the most between any two teams in the nation. Gonzaga has won eight of those meetings, but both have two WCC tournament titles now. The changing of the guard continued, as SMC took the tournament crown after winning the regular season outright. Elias Harris and Robert Sacre stepped up for the Zags, with a combined 39 points, but Kevin Pangos scored just seven points on an ugly 3-for-18 shooting performance. SMC had four players score at least 13 points, let by 22 from Dellavedova. I picked Gonzaga, but said these teams were as even as can be, so… I was right about that.

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