Saint Mary's Downs Rival Gonzaga

Gaels' 3rd win in 25 games against Bulldogs is 89-85 OT battle
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 3:52 AM CST
St. Mary's players, from left in rear, Yusef Smith, DuBois Smith, Mickey McConnell and Ian O'Leary celebrate as Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo reacts late in overtime of a college basketball game against, Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The West Coast Conference now features three teams—Gonzaga, St. Mary's and San Diego—all tied for first place after St. Mary's overtime defeat of old nemesis Gonzaga. The 89-85 win came in spite of 62% free-throw shooting and 41% from the field, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Nevertheless, "this wasn't a shock," says St. Mary's Diamon Simpson.

"We had a lot of chances. We didn't make all of them, but the ones that counted, we buried them," added Patty Mills. Mills led team scoring with 23 points, 13 of them off his 18 trips to the free-throw line. All those fouls hurt Gonzaga, who saw Jeremy Pargo put up a game-high 27 points but could never seal the deal.