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No. 1 Gonzaga Beats San Francisco 81-71 in West Coast Semis

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) shoots against San Francisco forward Patrick Tape (11) during the first half of an NCAA semifinal college basketball game at the West Coast Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) shoots against San Francisco forward Patrick Tape (11) during the first half of an NCAA semifinal college basketball game at the West Coast Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)
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Las Vegas (AP) -- Gonzaga looked unstoppable for nearly 35 minutes, its free-flowing offense creating open shots, the defense smothering San Francisco at every turn.

The final five minutes turned into a grind as the Dons ratcheted up the intensity.