On a night when superstar Omar Samhan and his C cups only went for nine points, St. Mary's got 70 points from their sextet of Australians en route to an 81-62 beatdown of the nation's #14 team and the West Coast Conference's #1 seed, Gonzaga.
Magic Mickey McConnell doubled his season average with 26 points (and 6 assists) and Bedhead Ben Allen threw in 20 points and 9 rebounds as the pair combined to go 8-13 from downtown. Jorden Page chipped in 11 off the bench and freshman Matthew Dellavedova added 7 points, 6 assists and one hell of a Charlie impression. The other Australian guys contributed the other stats.
After taking only a two-point lead into the half, the Gaels came out firing like it was the Black War, outscoring the Zags 51-34 in the second period. It was a made-for-the-big-screen run so inspiring, the only thing missing was a halftime change to the Team Australia onesies. And the Aussie Emilio Estevez.
For Gonzaga, playing for their 10th conference tournament title under Mark Few, it was disappointment for the second time in three years and the type of emphatic beating that is going to hurt their seeding. In case you hadn't heard, teams now have to pass an "eye" test too. Gonzaga failed this miserably tonight.
But, on this night, it wasn't about Gonzaga. It was all about the Gaels and all about the land down under. Somewhere Chris Antsey and Mel Gibson are scrumming and celebrating with a Yahoo Serious movie marathon. Somewhere else, Adam Morrison is crying alone and watching Yahoo Serious movies.
St. Mary's is going dancing!
St. Mary's advances to tourney by dethroning Gonzaga