MORAGA -- An inconsistent season for Saint Mary's hit a new low on Saturday.

In front of a sellout crowd at McKeon Pavilion, the Gaels were thoroughly dominated by rival Gonzaga 75-47 to end the regular season.

Instead of heading into the postseason with confidence, Saint Mary's is searching for answers after shooting just 23 percent and being generally outworked by the West Coast Conference's regular-season champion.

"We just didn't compete, didn't play hard," said senior Stephen Holt. "We jumped the fight."

Saint Mary's (21-10, 11-7 WCC) got off to an awful start and was never competitive. Gonzaga (25-6, 15-3 WCC) went on a 19-2 run in the game's first 10 minutes, and the Gaels were in a 42-22 hole at halftime.

Gaels coach Randy Bennett pointed out another statistic — at halftime Gonzaga had won every 50-50 ball.

"You may not play well and you may lose by 10 points or something, but you cannot bring that kind of effort and expect that to be acceptable," Bennett said. "We did not bring a good enough effort across the board."

The shooting woes only got worse to start the second half. The Gaels hit on just one field goal in the first nine minutes after the break while Gonzaga opened up a 33-point lead.

It was the biggest win for either team in the series since Gonzaga won 105-65 in the 2001 WCC tournament quarterfinals.

Sam Dower Jr. had 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace Gonzaga, and David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski added 10 points each.


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Holt scored 10 points to lead Saint Mary's. He didn't make a field goal, but was perfect from the free throw line.

He wasn't the only one to struggle. The five seniors who started the final regular season home game of their careers went a combined 2-of-21 from the floor.

"The only thing we can do now is learn and flip the page," Holt said.

With virtually no chance for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the Gaels must win the WCC tournament as the No. 4 seed. They open against fifth-seeded Pepperdine in Saturday's quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

Should it win that game, Saint Mary's will in all likelihood need to figure out a way to solve Gonzaga, the tournament's No. 1 seed, in the conference semifinals.

"We've got to identify why we're not playing hard enough," Bennett said. "I've got to figure that out fast ... Our senior leadership needs to step up right now."

saturday'S GAME
Saint Mary's (21-10, 11-7 WCC) vs. Pepperdine (15-15, 8-10), WCC tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas, time TBD, ESPN2