Eric McClellan scored 20 points, Kyle Wiltjer added 17 and Gonzaga took the guesswork out of its 18th straight NCAA tournament appearance by beating St. Mary’s, 85-75, Tuesday night in the West Coast Conference championship game at Las Vegas.
Despite sharing the WCC regular-season crown, Gonzaga (26-7) was not a lock to make the NCAA tournament, but the Bulldogs took the suspense out of it by shooting 61%.
St. Mary’s (27-5) tried to keep up with the Bulldogs’ shooting, making 12 of 25 from three-point range, but the Gaels will have to hope their resume is good enough for an NCAA at-large berth.
Green Bay 78, Wright State 69: Jordan Fouse scored 16 points, and Green Bay wrapped up a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996 by winning the Horizon League title game at Detroit.
Charles Cooper added 15 points for the Phoenix (23-12), who jumped out to a double-digit lead and never let the Raiders (22-13) control the pace.
Fairleigh Dickinson 87, Wagner 79: Darian Anderson scored 28 points and Earl Potts Jr. had 27 in the championship game of the Northeast Conference tournament as the Knights (18-14) pulled off the upset and earned their first NCAA tournament bid since 2005.
Corey Henson led the top-seeded Seahawks (23-9) with 24 points, while Michael Carey had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
South Dakota State 67, North Dakota State 59: Mike Daum had 18 points and nine rebounds and the Jackrabbits (26-7) held off a late surge to win the Summit League championship at Sioux Falls, S.D., reaching the NCAA tournament for the third time in five years.
San Francisco 70, Brigham Young 68: Taylor Proctor scored 27 points, Zhane Dikes added 21 and the sixth-seeded Dons (21-11) earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament in 19 years with the West Coast Conference championship.
UC Santa Barbara 62, UC Irvine 43: Je Zhe Newton had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Gauchos (12-19) pulled away in the fourth quarter of the first-round Big West tournament game at UC Irvine. Fifth-seeded Santa Barbara will face UC Davis in the quarterfinals.