Mark Few’s remarks following Gonzaga’s defeat against Saint Mary’s in the 2024 WCC Tournament championship

In a game that unfolded at the pace typical of Saint Mary’s, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team struggled and ultimately fell short in a 69-60 defeat against the Gaels in the 2024 West Coast Conference Tournament championship game on Tuesday night.

Despite their efforts, the Zags were hindered by missed shots and an inability to secure crucial rebounds. The Gaels dominated the rebounding battle 39-22, with Mitchell Saxen particularly impressive with 15 boards. Saxen also contributed 19 points, while Saint Mary’s guard Aidan Mahaney led all scorers with 23 points.

Anton Watson led Gonzaga’s efforts with 18 points and 7 rebounds, supported by Ryan Nembhard’s 13 points and 11 assists.

Coach Few commented on the physicality of the game and Gonzaga’s offensive struggles, noting Saxen’s imposing presence in the post and the Gaels’ strength in rebounding, especially with Mason Forbes on the court. He acknowledged the hard-fought nature of the game and Saint Mary’s resilience, requiring Gonzaga to adjust their tactics.

Despite the loss, Coach Few expressed confidence in his team, emphasizing that they still have their goals ahead of them, particularly the NCAA Tournament. He praised his players’ effort and resilience, highlighting their determination to compete at the highest level.

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