- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

MEN

WEST COAST

NO. 12 Gonzaga 83, Saint Mary’s 58: Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points, Micah Downs added 12 points and 12 rebounds and the Bulldogs romped into their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament with a victory against the Gaels and struggling star Patrick Mills on Monday night in the final in Las Vegas.

Matt Bouldin scored 14 points for the relentless Bulldogs (26-5), who followed their perfect regular-season conference slate with two blowout wins in the tournament, giving them 19 victories in their past 20 games.



With Mills going 2-for-16 in his second game back from a broken hand, Saint Mary’s (25-6) never threatened the Bulldogs in a loss that endangers the Gaels’ hopes for the first back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in school history.

Gonzaga, which moved up two spots in Monday’s Top 25 after routing Santa Clara in Sunday’s semifinals, has won eight of the past 12 WCC tournament titles - but few were so easy. Downs has the lowest scoring average among the Bulldogs’ five starters, but he clinched the tournament MVP award with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half against the Gaels.

Saint Mary’s finished with 19-for-66 shooting, falling behind by 13 points at halftime and never mounting a rally. Mills scored five points, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts before sitting out much of the second half, and his teammates couldn’t make up for the Australian sophomore’s woes.

METRO ATLANTIC

Siena 77, Niagara 70: Kenny Hasbrouck shook off a nagging calf injury and a terrible first half to score 19 points in helping the Saints defend their tournament title with a win against the Purple Eagles in Albany, N.Y.

Ryan Rossiter added 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Saints (26-7) clinched the program’s fifth NCAA tournament berth. Siena also completed its season with a 17-0 record on its homecourt and extended its winning streak to 21 dating to last season.

SOUTHERN

Chattanooga 80, College of Charleston 69: Keyron Sheard scored 18 points, and the Mocs beat the Cougars to win the conference tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Mocs (18-16) earned their 10th NCAA tournament appearance with the automatic bid. They last appeared in the tournament in 2005, losing in the opening round to Wake Forest.

SUMMIT

N. DAKOTA ST. 79, SOUTHERN UTAH 67: Mike Nelson had 22 points and seven rebounds and Ben Woodside added 21 points and seven assists as the Bison moved into the championship game with a win over the Thunderbirds in Sioux Falls, S.D.

SUN BELT

WESTERN KENTUCKY 77, NORTH TEXAS 70: A.J. Slaughter scored 20 points, including a pair of big 3-pointers in the final five minutes that sent the Hilltoppers to a victory against the Mean Green in the semifinals in Hot Springs, Ark.

WOMEN

BIG EAST

NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 72, VILLANOVA 42: Big East player of the year Maya Moore scored 17 points to lead the Huskies over the Wildcats in the conference semifinals Monday in Hartford, Conn.

No. 5 Louisville 69, No. 14 Pittsburgh 63: Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Cardinals hold off the Panthers in the semifinals in Hartford, Conn.

SUMMIT

No. 17 S. Dakota St. 68, IUPUI 53: Jill Young scored 17 points and Jennifer Warkenthien added 16 to lead the Jackrabbits past the Jaguars in a semifinal game in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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