Santa Clara Falls to Saint Mary's in WCC Semi-Finals
With Marc Trasolini scoring 22 points in his second straight WCC Tournament game, No. 4 Santa Clara fell 73-64 to No. 1 Saint Mary's in the semi-finals of the Zappos.com WCC Championship. Saint Mary's advances to play the winner of the second game this evening between No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 USF. Santa Clara is 19-14 (8-6 WCC) and Saint Mary's is 24-7 (10-3 WCC). Santa Clara has had discussions with a couple post-season tournaments, but nothing has been announced or set. An announcement of post-season will be made after next weekend's NCAA Tournament.
Santa Clara shot 40.4 percent from the field (21 of 52), including 41.2 percent from beyond the arc (7 of 17). They collected 29 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. They shot 65.2 percent from the free throw line (15 of 23) with 11 turnovers. Saint Mary's shot 51.1 percent from the field (23 of 45), including 30.8 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 13). They collected 30 rebounds, 12 assists, six steals and one block. They shot 85.2 percent from the free throw line (23 of 27) with nine turnovers.
Individually Santa Clara was led by Trasolini's 22 points (9 of 13 from the field). Kevin Foster scored 18 (4 of 12 from the three). Evan Roquemore scored 12 points. Foster led the team with four assists. Foster had a team-high five assists. Foster scored his fourth three of the game at 8:50, tying Dan Dickau of Gonzaga with 117 for No. 3 all-time in a single season in the WCC (117, 2001-02).
Saint Mary's put four scorers in double figures including Mitchell Young (17), Stephen Holt (15), Matthew Dellavedova (13) and WCC Player of the Year Mickey McConnell was held to 10 (1 of 6 from the field, but 8 of 8 from the free throw line). Young scored a game-high seven rebounds. Dellavedova had a game-high six assists and McConnell had five.
In the first half Holt drew first blood with a three at 18:34. Foster hit his first three of the night at 16:16 to tie it up 3-3. Trasolini's lone free throw at 15:26 gave the Broncos a 4-3 lead. Jones picked up his second foul in less than 30 seconds, this one on Foster when shooting a three and the Houston native sank two, 6-3 Broncos at 15:00.
Saint Mary's went on a 7-1 run when Keating called timeout at 10:06. Trasolini hit a bucket with Roquemore scoring a three between a Young bucket. 13-12 Gaels. Roquemore picked up his second foul of the half at 9:09 and he hit the pine.
Trasolini's bucket in the paint gave the Broncos a 14-13 lead at 8:34. Holt hit his second three at 8:09. Trasolini tied it up 16-16 with a bucket in the paint at 7:17. McConnell's dish to Walker gave the lead back to the Gaels at 6:49. Trasolini followed with a bucket at 6:07.
Foster hit his second three at 4:56 and Young followed under the rim. Dowdell scored a three-point play at 4:19, 24-22 Broncos. Clint Steindel fouled Foster while shooting after the media timeout at 3:52, he sank both putting SCU up 26-22.
The Gaels were on a 7-0 run when Trasolini crushed a three at :58.7. McConnell hit a pair of free throws at :7.4. Saint Mary's led 31-29 at halftime.
In the first half Santa Clara shot 36.0 percent from the field (9 of 25), including 50.0 percent from beyond the arc (4 of 8). They collected 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. They shot 58.3 percent from the free throw line (7 of 12) with five turnovers. Saint Mary's shot 48.0 percent from the field (12 of 25), including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 9). They collected 17 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and no blocks. They shot 100.0 percent from the free throw line (4 of 4) with five turnovers.
Individually Santa Clara was led by Trasolini's 12 points and Foster chipped in 10, including 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Dowdell grabbed a team-high three rebounds and Foster added three assists. Picking up his second foul at 9:09, Roquemore was limited to nine minutes.
The Gaels started the second half on a 7-2 before Roquemore scored a three to make it 38-34 at 18:05. Holt scored two free throws and Young scored in the paint to put SMC up 42-34 at 16:59. Timeout Broncos. Young scored his 10th point of the day at 15:33 to put the Gaels up by 10.
Trasolini and Roquemore scored back-to-back baskets in the paint to make it 44-38. Foster hit his third three of the day at 13:47. The Gaels stopped the 7-0 Bronco run with a 6-0 run of their own, taking a 50-41 lead. Harrison stopped the run with a basket at 11:29.
Payne hit a free throw at 10:12. Foster scored his fourth three of the game at 8:50, tying Dan Dickau of Gonzaga with 117 for No. 3 all-time in a single season in the WCC (117, 2001-02).
A dandy pass by Roquemore resulted in a Trasolini bucket in the paint at 6:25. 53-50 Gaels. Roquemore picked up his fourth foul and Dellavedova sank both at 6:11 and then Young added his 12th point at 5:20. Timeout Broncos with SMC up 57-50.
Young added a free throw and a then bucket less than a minute later to put the Gaels up by 10 at 3:47. Dowdell hit both free throws at 3:47.
The Gaels were on a 4-0 run when Dowdell scored under the basket at 2:52 and the Roquemore scored at 2:01. 64-56 Gaels.
Dellavedova missed two free throws and then Dowdell was called for an offensive foul at 1:05 and Young scored both. Gaels 66-56 at 1:05.
Trasolini tipped it in at :58.1 and then he dunked one at :36.3. After missing two, Dellavedova hit two free throws followed by two by Roquemore at :28.2.