Friday, 20 July, 2018

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

Gonzaga celebrates after winning the West Coast Conference tournament championship Gonzaga celebrates after winning the West Coast Conference tournament championship
Kristopher Love | 15 March, 2018, 23:47

Gonzaga (31-4) led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Spartans (27-8) wouldn't go away as their guard duo of Francis Alonso and Demetrius Troy led UNCG back into the lead with a minute remaining. That was all Gonzaga needed for a 68-64 win. Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference title outright this year, but not without pressure from BYU and even San Francisco and LMU earlier in the tournament.

Johnathan Williams led Gonzaga with a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds.

For that reason, it should come as no surprise that Norvell was willing to take on the responsibility despite having made just two of his 11 shot attempts prior to making the game's biggest shot.

The 13 seed Gonzaga women's team has its first game Saturday, against 4 seed Stanford.

Prediction: Gonzaga as a four seed after winning 30 games isn't fair for the rest of the bracket, including UNC Greensboro.

"Spokane is a lot closer than UNCG, so please cheer for us", said Perkins, drawing chuckles from the media.

Gonzaga will go on to play the victor of the Ohio State and South Dakota State game.

Norvell may not have the on-court tournament experience that Perkins has, but he was around for last season's run.