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Originally published Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

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Zags men clinch tie for WCC title

Sam Dower Jr. scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Gonzaga to an 86-67 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night, clinching at least a tie for the West Coast Conference regular-season championship.


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SPOKANE — Sam Dower Jr. scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Gonzaga to an 86-67 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night, clinching at least a tie for the West Coast Conference regular-season championship.

Brigham Young’s 60-57 victory over Saint Mary’s left both those teams four games behind Gonzaga with four games remaining. It’s the Bulldogs’ 13th regular-season title in the past 14 years.

Kevin Pangos added 17 points as the Bulldogs (23-4, 13-1 WCC) finished a season undefeated at home for the first time since 2006.

Anthony Ireland had 23 points for Loyola Marymount (11-16, 3-12), which lost its sixth straight game and 12th in the past 13 outings.

LMU’s Evan Payne had three baskets, including a three-pointer, and the Lions took advantage of three Gonzaga turnovers in the opening minutes before the Bulldogs put together a 13-2 run, with Pangos making two three-pointers.

Dower and Przemek Karnowski combined for eight points in a 10-0 Gonzaga burst that allowed the Bulldogs to ease out to a 45-31 halftime lead.

Back-to-back baskets by Gabe Levin helped the Lions cut the deficit to 52-44, and they were still just nine points down until Dower took over inside, scoring Gonzaga’s next 14 points.

Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points for Gonzaga, and Karnowski scored 11. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the field and outrebounded LMU 40-25.

Gonzaga’s 24 straight home victories is the fourth-longest NCAA Division I home-court winning streak.




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