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Saint Mary's Gaels (22-12)


Thursday 2/28 Saturday 3/2 Monday 3/11 Tuesday 3/12 Thursday 3/21
vs. Por
W 65-48
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vs. Gonz
L 55-69
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vs. SD
W 69-62
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@ Gonz
W 60-47
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StMry 57 - 61 Vill
Final
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Defending champ Villanova survives 61-57 over Saint Mary's

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Phil Booth scored 20 points and defending NCAA Tournament champion Villanova held off Saint Mary's in a hard-fought 61-57 victory on Thursday night.

Fellow senior Eric Paschell added 14 points for the sixth-seeded Wildcats, who led for almost 33 minutes, but never by more than eight points.

Jordan Ford and Malik Fitts each had 13 points for Saint Mary's, which finished the season 22-12. The 11th-seeded Gaels, who pulled off an upset win over Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Tournament, had a chance down the stretch in this one.

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Leaders
Points: J. Ford21.3
Rebounds: M. Fitts7.6
Assists: T. Kuhse2.9
FG%: J. Ford49.4%
FT%: J. Ford80.0%
3P%: J. Ford42.3%
Steals: J. Ford1.3
Blocks: J. Hunter1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 North Carolina27-6
4 Gonzaga30-3
5 Michigan State28-6
6 Tennessee29-5
7 Kentucky27-6
8 Michigan28-6
9 Texas Tech26-6
10 Florida State27-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 Gonzaga30-3
4 North Carolina27-6
5 Tennessee29-5
6 Michigan State28-6
7 Kentucky27-6
8 Michigan28-6
9 Houston31-3
10 Texas Tech26-6
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West Coast Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
4 Gonzaga 16-0 31-3
Saint Mary's 11-5 22-12
BYU 11-5 19-13
San Francisco 9-7 21-10
Loyola Marymount 8-8 21-11
Santa Clara 8-8 16-15
San Diego 7-9 21-15
Pepperdine 6-10 16-18
Pacific 4-12 14-18
Portland 0-16 7-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.9 (165)
Rebounds: 9.8 (193)
Assists: 10.1 (348)
FG%: 47.4% (40)
FT%: 74.5% (50)
3P%: 37.8% (35)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 64.4 (31)
Rebounds: 24.9 (216)
Assists: 10.2 (21)
FG%: 43.6% (181)
FT%: 73.9% (334)
3P%: 31.8% (58)
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