Zags Headed to WCC Finals

Gonzaga sweeps Santa Clara out of the way in 52-48 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 5:37 AM CDT
Gonzaga's Abdullahi Kuso, left, fights for a loose ball with Santa Clara's John Bryant, right, during the second half of their semifinal basketball game at the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.