The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team earned the right to play in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game by beating the University of Portland, 71-61, in a semifinal Sunday night.
Even bigger than the victory may have been the return of star player Patty Mills, who has been out since January 29 when he injured his right hand.
The Gaels will need him more than ever tonight as they square off against rival and WCC powerhouse Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament championship game.
Saint Mary’s last reached the championship game in 2005, losing to Gonzaga, and haven’t won the WCC tournament since 1997. Gonzaga has appeared in the championship game 12 years in a row, winning eight of the last 10 titles.
The game tips off at 6:00 p.m. at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.