Saint Mary's knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

St. Mary's Jordan Ford center and teammates celebrate after defeating Gonzaga 60-47 in an NCAA college basketball game for the West Coast Conference men's tournament title Tuesday

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The Bulldogs had run roughshod over the WCC in the regular season, going 16-0 in league play and entering the final on a 21-game winning streak.

With seven straight wins, BYU is the WCC's hottest team.

If there's one real concern moving forward for Gonzaga, it's that Saint Mary's might have laid out a slow-paced blueprint to knocking off the offensive juggernaut. The Gaels contained Gonzaga standout and leading scorer Rui Hachimura, who averages 20.1 points per game this season, to nine points.

"We were told to pull off a miracle by people who don't know us", said Saint Mary's center Jordan Hunter, who finished 12 points and 15 rebounds.

'We knew we were going to win:' How Saint Mary's upset...
Saint Mary's knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

Gonzaga (30-3) will receive an at-large big into tournament, but its hopes of earning one of the four No. 1 seeds is now in question. So the Tar Heels have a better winning percentage in both places - plus a 103-90 victory over Gonzaga - which is why Virginia is No. 1 in Wednesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings while UNC is No. 2 and Gonzaga is No. 3. We were able to keep them out of transition and take care of the ball.

The top-ranked Bulldogs have been unbeatable in conference play, as they own a flawless 16-0 record against their rivals. Their first game against Xavier on Thursday will be a tough one.

In a defeat that was extremely unexpected, the nation's top team in the polls has lost its conference tournament. Their counterparts from Saint Mary's screamed, danced and laughed. UNC is 16-5 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities; Gonzaga is 10-3.

Brenna Chase scored 25 points, Shaylee Gonzales added 20 and Brigham Young (25-6) beat No. 12 Gonzaga (28-4) in Las Vegas to win its third West Coast Conference tournament title. Gonzaga fell to St. Mary's 60-47, handing the WCC's automatic bid to the Gaels and definitely bursting someone's bubble in the process.

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