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Gonzaga extends NCAA streak

LAS VEGAS — Eric McClellan had 20 points and all five starters scored in double figures as Gonzaga beat St. Mary's 85-75 Tuesday night in the West Coast Conference championship game.

The Bulldogs (26-7) reached the NCAA Tournament for the 18th straight year by beating the Gaels for the first time in three games this season. Emmett Naar had 25 points for St. Mary's.

HORIZON: Jordan Fouse scored 16, and Green Bay (23-12) clinched its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996 by beating Wright State 78-69 in the title game in Detroit. Green Bay and Wright State were in the championship after beating top-seeded Valparaiso and second-seeded Oakland on Monday night.

NORTHEAST: Darian Anderson scored 28 to lead Fairleigh Dickinson (18-14) to an 87-79 victory over Wagner in the championship game in New York.

SUMMIT: Carlin Dupree had 19 points to lead North Dakota State over South Dakota State 67-59 in the title game in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Women

NO. 22 COLO. ST. 53, SAN DIEGO ST. 41: Elin Gustavsson had 21 points for the Rams (29-1), who won their 26th straight in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.

BIG EAST: Aaliyah Lewis had 14 points to lead St. John's (23-9) to a 50-37 win over Creighton in the tournament final in Chicago.

IVY: Anna Ross scored 18 to help visiting Penn (24-4) beat Princeton 62-60 for the league title.

SUMMIT: Macy Miller had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Dakota State (26-6) to a 61-55 win over South Dakota in the title game in Sioux Falls, S.D.

WEST COAST: Taylor Proctor scored 27 and San Francisco (21-11) earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 19 years with a 70-68 victory over BYU in the title game in Las Vegas.

.FAST FACTS

SEC tournament

When/where: Today-Sunday; Bridgestone Arena; Nashville

Tonight: Tennessee vs. Auburn, 8

Thursday: Florida vs. Arkansas, 1; Tennessee-Auburn winner vs. Vanderbilt, 3:30 (app.); Alabama vs. Ole Miss, 7; Mississippi State vs. Georgia, 9:30 (app.)

Friday: Arkansas-Florida winner vs. Texas A&M, 1; UT-Auburn-Vandy winner vs. LSU, 3:30 (app.); Alabama-Ole Miss winner vs. Kentucky, 7; Mississippi State-Georgia winner vs. South Carolina, 9:30 (app.)

Saturday: Semifinals, 1 and 3:30 (app.)

Sunday: Championship, 1

TV: Today-Friday on SEC Network; Saturday-Sunday on ESPN

The favorite: No. 17 Texas A&M holds the top seed and has a solid group of seniors.

Other contenders: Sixteenth-ranked Kentucky is not as imposing as recent seasons but knows how to dominate this tournament.

Looking at Florida: The Gators had lost four in a row before beating Missouri on Saturday. As the eighth seed, they're a long shot.

Automatic berths

Men

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast

Fla. Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga West Coast

Green Bay Horizon

Iona MAAC

NC Asheville Big South

NC Wilmington Colonial

Northern Iowa MVC

South Dakota St. Summit

Yale Ivy

Women

Baylor Big 12

Belmont Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Connecticut AAC

George Washington Atlantic 10

Iona MAAC

Maryland Big Ten

Notre Dame ACC

Oregon State Pac-12

Penn Ivy

St. John's Big East

San Francisco West Coast

South Carolina SEC

South Dakota St. Summit

Gonzaga extends NCAA streak 03/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:18pm]
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