WASHINGTON — Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, who quickly became a fan favorite with his high-flying dunks and acrobatic blocked shots, has declared for the NBA draft.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zykera Rice’s last-second shot gave Gonzaga a chance to play for another West Coast Conference tournament championship. The Zags will have to find a way to win it without two key players who were lost to injury.

SPOKANE (AP) — On a night when Josh Perkins became the career assist leader at No. 2 Gonzaga, the Bulldogs clinched a seventh consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title and kept the door open to a possible No. 1 ranking next week.

SPOKANE (AP) — No team in NCAA men’s basketball history has won more consecutive conference road games than No. 4 Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs will seek to extend that streak on Thursday night at BYU.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  — With about 4½ minutes left in the first half, a section of Santa Clara fans started counting down the shot clock’s final seconds well ahead of time in an attempt to rattle Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura.