Gonzaga Narrowly Escaped A First Round Upset Against No. 13 UNC

Silas Melson and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will open NCAA Tournament play Thursday in Boise
Silas Melson and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will open NCAA Tournament play Thursday in Boise
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16 March, 2018

The No. 13 seed Spartans lead 64-62 with under two minutes to play, but couldn't ward off the Bulldogs, who reached the national championship game last season.

Josh Perkins tied the game at 64 with a long jumper, and after Greensboro's Francis Alonso forced up a miss, Gonzaga got the rebound and worked the ball to Norvell, who spotted up from the right elbow and made the 3 for the lead. Marvin Smith got a good look at a possible game-tying 3 with 12 seconds left that went halfway down and out.

A historically black college in Houston, Texas Southern slipped into the First Four by getting hot and winning the Southwest Athletic College tournament.

The Zags dominated at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas with three wins by an average of 20.7 points, with sophomore forward Killian Tillie averaging 24.0 points on a remarkable 77.8 percent shooting to win tournament MVP honors.

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But Gonzaga finished with the game's final six points - and a new name on its ever-growing list of playmakers.

Alonso and Troy both finished with 16 points for UNCG, while James Dickey had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

After staving off the upset, Gonzaga now awaits the victor of Ohio State and South Dakota State. While the Zags are aiming for another deep run, they'll need to be careful not to overlook UNC Greensboro, which boasts a veteran backcourt and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 62.4 points per game. Totals 28-67 5-10 64.


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