Saint Mary's ended both the nation's longest winning streak and Gonzaga's six-year reign as West Coast Conference Tournament champion by grinding out a 60-47 victory in the title game on Tuesday night.
The Gaels (22-11, 11-5 WCC) had an outside shot at earning an invitation to the NCAA Tournament even if they had lost to Gonzaga, but now there's no doubt that the WCC is a two-bid league.
If there's one real concern moving forward for Gonzaga, it's that Saint Mary's might have laid out a slow-paced blueprint to knocking off the offensive juggernaut.
The Gaels locked down the perimeter, limiting the Zags to 2-of-17 shooting from 3-point territory.
Hachimura, who is projected as a first-round pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft was also named to Sporting News' All-America first team.
Creighton: The Bluejays (18-13, 9-9 Big East) are still squarely on the bubble, but their five-game winning streak to close the regular season - including a win at Marquette - means they have plenty to play for this week. Good defense, plenty of fortunate bounces and a strong performances from Jordan Hunter and Jordan Ford took Saint Mary's over the top, but there's a good amount of blame to be assigned to the top-ranked team in the country.
The Bulldogs cruised into their 20th straight title game under coach Mark Few - and 22nd overall - by crushing Pepperdine 100-74 in Monday's semifinals. Gonzaga has 49 assists on 98 field goals (50 percent) over its past three outings while Saint Mary's has assists on 23 of 73 field goals (31.5 percent) during its past three games. Gonzaga struggled to get anything to fall, open or not, scoring a season-low 24 points by halftime and missing six of its seven 3-point attempts.
The Zags also had a hard time containing Krebs.
Though St. Mary's led for the entire second half, the early going actually belonged to the Zags, who opened the game on a 9-2 run. The Gaels extended the lead to 48-41 with 7½ minutes left and answered every time Gonzaga tried to make a run.