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NCAA Tournament scores 2017: Gonzaga downs Northwestern 79-73 in Second Round

NCAA Tournament scores 2017: Gonzaga downs Northwestern 79-73 in Second Round

The keepers of the game that has filled Chris Collins's whole life long have figured there's plenty of room along the sideline, or at one's unused chair, for justified anger. It was goal-tending all the way.

Northwestern was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the second round on Saturday. "I've had so many people come up to me and say I don't really realize what we've done and how much it's meant to them". I feel like this is just a building block. But that all changed as Northwestern McIntosh free throws and Law's thunderous dunk off the rebound made it 5 point game at 63-58 forcing Gonzaga to call timeout with 5:29 remaining.

The arena, drenched in purple, was rocking, and all the momentum was in Northwestern's corner. Meanwhile, Gonzaga shot 40% (10-of-25) but turned the ball over 11 times, leading to 17 Wildcats' points. The students started believing, and then a bunch of J-school grads got their diplomas framed.

At the postgame news conference, a moderator read an NCAA statement that declared it a bad call as Collins sat nodding and making facial expressions of disapproval upon hearing the explanation.

In the early going, the Zags controlled. But that's as close as the Wildcats would get.

Regrets? If the coach had any, they weren't apparent in the aftermath.

The referees actually missed Gonzaga's Zach Collins sticking his hand upward through the rim to block a shot, a sin disallowed sometime soon after the game's founders forwent the peach baskets. Collins reached through the basket from below and blocked the shot that would have cut the deficit to three. The first 20 minutes we were switching everything, sliding to the inside and trying to make them take tough 2s.

What a comeback it was.

The Wildcats got the winning points after Vandy's Matt Fisher-Davis intentionally fouled Bryant McIntosh with 14.6 seconds left, even though the Commodores had just taken the lead. After the game, the Gonzaga center was still unclear about what, exactly, happened. "We weren't really anxious about (that)". "And I think what I'll remember most is just the love that I share with my teammates, man". And head coach Mark Few now has 500 career wins, all with the Zags. But he more than understood the emotion of the moment. "If you lose, your season's over". The Gonzaga Bulldogs went on to win the game and secure their spot in the Sweet Sixteen. Jordan Mathews and Collins each added 14 points apiece.

But losing, especially that way? Gonzaga super-freshman seven-footer Zach Collins responded, quieting a raucous NU crowd with back-to-back old-fashioned three-point plays to give Gonzaga a comfortable 54-34 lead with 13 minutes remaining. "But I thought in the first half our competitive level was really hot". He shot 28.1 percent on two-point jumpers, and 50 percent of his makes came off an assist, only behind Gavin Skelly, Nathan Taphorn and Barret Benson, all guys who are not individual shot creators, either.

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