Gonzaga lost to Saint Mary’s twice during the regular season – by a combined eight points – but the WCC Championship was a different story.
Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s, 85-75, on Tuesday to win its fourth consecutive WCC title
“We had to find a way today and we did,” Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It feels really good.”
Gonzaga (26-7) shared the regular-season title with Saint Mary’s but was not a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. That, however, is no longer the case.
Gonzaga shot 29-of-47 (61.7 percent) from the floor and 21-of-22 (95.5 percent) from the line, as all five starters finished in double figures. Senior guard Eric McClellan scored a team-high 20 points, while senior forward Kyle Wiltjer added 17.
“Everybody counted us out,” said Perkins, who had 16 points and a team-high five assists. “We knew in this locker room what we’re capable off. We needed to win tonight and we did so. Everybody on the team contributed tonight. They gave it all they had. They’re super guys, man. Hats off to them and hats off to the coaches. We did it, man. It feels amazing.”
Gonzaga has now made the NCAA Tournament 18 years in a row.
“Yeah,” Perkins said, “18 years in a row and counting.”