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No. 18 Gonzaga beats BYU 75-64 for WCC title

Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski (24) puts up a shot against BYU's Nate Austin (33) in the first half of the NCAA West Coast Conference tournament championship college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Dower Jr. had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 18 Gonzaga held its ground during a second-half rally to beat BYU 75-64 Tuesday night for its 13th West Coast Conference title.

Gonzaga (28-6) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and had an answer when BYU fought back in the second half, leaving no doubt about the NCAA tournament by earning the conference's automatic bid.

Gary Bell Jr. had 14 points and David Stockton dished out seven assists to send the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament for the 16th straight year.

BYU (23-11) rallied after a dismal first half, pulling within eight with 3 minutes left. The Cougars couldn't finish off the comeback and now have a long five-day wait until Selection Sunday.

Tyler Haws had 24 points and Kyle Collinsworth added 13 before leaving with a right leg injury in the second half.

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