Ayayi helps No. 2 Gonzaga exist San Francisco in WCC semi

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joel Ayayi is always prepared whenever his group needs him.

Gonzaga indispensable him on Monday night, and he delivered.

Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in a second half and a second-ranked Bulldogs withstood a shock to kick San Francisco 81-77 on Monday night in a West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

“I don’t consider we flipped a switch,” Ayayi said. “Just perplexing to make a plays when a group needs me. Whenever we have a round and need to make a play on a clock, we have to make a play and I’m only perplexing to do my best.”

The redshirt sophomore from Bordeaux, France, pennyless a 69-69 tie with 4:14 left with a jumper, and strike a mid-range shot on a following possession to give Gonzaga a 73-69 lead. Ayayi scored 8 of Gonzaga’s 9 points during a 9-3 run.

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