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College basketball roundup: Gonzaga holds off BYU

Dower, Bulldogs earn NCAA bid

Sam Dower Jr. had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Gonzaga withstood a second-half rally to beat BYU, 75-64, Tuesday night in Las Vegas for its 13th West Coast Conference title.

Gonzaga (28-6) raced to a 21-point lead in the first half and had an answer once the Cougars got their legs and started chipping away at the lead.

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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 8 with 2:56 left.

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

Horizon final — Senior forward Kyle Kelm had 20 points and nine rebounds as Milwaukee’s front line dominated as the Panthers led the whole way for a 69-63 win over Wright State in at Dayton, Ohio.

Milwaukee (21-13) is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, when the Panthers knocked off Oklahoma in the first round before losing to Florida. They’re 3-3 all-time in the tournament.

Jordan Aaron scored 18 points as Milwaukee went 9 of 18 from beyond the arc against the league’s top defense.

Wright State (20-14), which had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped, was led by A.J. Pacher ‘s 16 points.

Northeast final — Rashad Whack scored 20 points and Mount St. Mary’s (16-16) clinched an NCAA Tournament berth with an 88-71 victory over Robert Morris (21-13) in Moon Township, Pa.

The fourth-seeded Mountaineers built a 20-point first-half lead and never looked back, shooting 60.4 percent from the field for their fourth league title and first since 2008.

Julian Norfleet scored 17, Taylor Danaher and Sam Prescott had 15 each, and Will Miller 11 for Mount St. Mary’s.

Summit final — Taylor Braun made a key layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and added the free throw to lead North Dakota State (25-6) to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (24-10) in Sioux Falls, S.D for the Bison’s second NCAA tournament trip.

TrayVonn Wright led the Bison with 19 points and Braun added 15.

Pierre Bland, Luis Jacobo and Michael Kibiloski each scored 9 points for IPFW.

Women

West Coast final — Keani Albanez scored 20 points and No. 18 Gonzaga (29-4) dominated BYU (26-6) defensively to win the league tournament for the sixth time in seven years, beating the Cougars, 71-57, in Las Vegas.

BYU’s Jennifer Hamson, the WCC player of the year, scored 8 quick points, but the Bulldogs limited her chances in a key stretch to build a 16-point halftime lead. She finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

Big East final — Brittany Hrynko scored 15 points and Megan Rogowski added 14 as No. 23 DePaul beat St. John’s, 65-57, in Rosemont, Ill. to capture its first Big East tournament championship.

Megan Podkowa had 12 points and Jasmine Penny added 11 as the host Blue Demons (27-6) won their seventh straight to earn the automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Aliyyah Handford scored 13 points and Briana Brown added 12 for the Red Storm (22-10).

Summit final — Polly Harrington scored 16 points to lead South Dakota (19-13) to an 82-71 win over Denver (9-23) in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the league title and the Coyotes’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Raeshel Contreras added 13 points, while Nicole Seekamp contributed 11 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals.

Desiree Hunter and Paige Bradley led the Pioneers with 14 points apiece.

Ivy League — Alyssa Baron scored 23 points and Sydney Stipanovich added 19 to lead visiting Penn (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) to an 80-64 win over Princeton (20-8, 11-3) and give the Quakers the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

It’s Penn’s first title since the 2003-04 season, ending the Tigers’ stranglehold atop the conference. Princeton had won the previous four league titles.

Conference USA first round — Florida International’s Jerica Coley became the 10th woman in NCAA Division 1 history to eclipse the 3,000-point barrier, doing so with a 20-point showing in the Panthers’ 85-65 win over Rice at El Paso, Texas.

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