[close]

Aussie-laden St Mary's upset Gonzaga

Gonzaga went into the NCAA Western conference title game the hot favourite, but Australians Jordan Hunter and Tanner Krebs guided St Mary's to victory.

Aussie-laden St Mary's upset Gonzaga

Gonzaga went into the NCAA Western conference title game the hot favourite, but Australians Jordan Hunter and Tanner Krebs guided St Mary's to victory.

MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Picture:Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

California's St Mary's, with five Australians and two New Zealanders on their roster, have pulled off a huge upset to beat America's top-ranked men's college basketball team.

St Mary's soundly defeated Gonzaga University 60-47 on Tuesday to win the West Coast Conference title and book a place in next week's coveted NCAA Tournament.


Gonzaga were expected to dominate after winning 30 of their 33 games this season, but St Mary's, headed by Sydney centre Jordan Hunter and Hobart guard Tanner Krebs, never faltered.

Hunter had 12 points and 15 rebounds while Krebs added 13 points and three steals.

Jock Perry, Kyle Clark and Alex Mudronja are the other Australians on the roster while Dan Fotu and Quinn Clinton provide the Kiwi connection.

St Mary's, located near San Francisco, has become a favourite destination for Australian basketball talent with NBA stars Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills both former players.

The school has suffered in recent years by failing to win the WCC title and then being snubbed for a place in the NCAA tournament, but the Gonzaga win gives the team automatic selection.

Gonzaga, winner of the past six WCC titles, was expected to claim their seventh and be an NCAA Tournament No.1 seed but the loss could relegate their ranking.

AAP


AAP




Latest Stories