Gonzaga let Santa Clara come worryingly close before wresting a 52-48 win in last night's WCC semifinals. The breakout performance came from Josh Heytvelt, the third-string center who got a game-high 15 points for the Bulldogs, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Broncos led most of the first half, though their final score was a season low.
It was the bench that saved the Bulldogs: Gonzaga's replacements totaled 34 points while Santa Clara's extra four added a single rebound and no points. "We had a great defensive effort from a lot of guys," explained Heytvelt. The Zags kept it clean as well, sending the Broncos to the free-throw line just seven times.