Gonzaga would go on to win the game 79-73. NU missed its first ten three-point attempts before a late triple from Vic Law, and ran its turnover total up to eight.
Spencer Weisz led the Tigers (23-7) with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
“I mean it would have been a three-point game”, he said. Northwestern made 11 of 13, but had just one, a make, in the first half.
Gonzaga took full advantage of Northwestern’s offensive struggles. Will the Wildcats be more this weekend that just a first-time feel-good story?
But the Cats put on quite the show in the second half, taking an 18-point halftime deficit and chopping it all the way down to five in front of a raucous pro-Northwestern crowd inside Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Conference USA player of the year JaCorey Williams finished with 20 points, but had to work hard for almost every bucket for No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (31-5).
“After watching some film we thought it would be best if we switched 1 through 4 off the ball and on the ball”.
Itll be 1 and 1A, Few said about which was the greatest shot in school history. The stats were atrocious. Wildcat guard Bryant McIntosh sank both free throws and Northwestern held on for their first tournament win in program history. It was disheartening, to say the least. Northwestern was 18-4 before he was sick. But there’s never been a better time for Northwestern basketball. Williams-Goss quickly dialed up a basket from the perimeter on the other end.
It wasn’t exactly the storybook ending that the team had hoped for, but even in the ashes of its season, there remained an optimistic outlook on the future. Meanwhile, Northwestern resembled a team that belonged in the tournament and will benefit from the experience.
Northwestern kept plugging away. Of course. That cuts it to three.
Brey had to gamble in keeping Colson in after the star forward picked up his fourth foul with 9:47 left and with West Virginia up 59-47 Colson scored 10 of Notre Dame’s next 14 points over a 5-minute span. Meanwhile, Gonzaga had gone completely cold on offense. After a Lumpkin steal and dunk cut the lead to 15 with 16:01 left, the Wildcats bumped chests and believed a comeback was possible.
Within seconds, Twitter exploded with reactions to this young fan’s reaction.
Then, he will return to Evanston, Illinois, and begin plotting a return to March Madness next year. “I think everybody is behind our program and will be for a long time to come”. GU had finally earned its first No. 1 seed but was sent packing in the Round of 32 by the newest mid-major power on the block.
Few said Gonzaga, now in its 19th straight tournament and onto the second round for the ninth straight year, has no problem scheduling pretty much any team it wants. The Musketeers dominated the bigger and more athletic Seminoles inside and then put the game out of reach with their superior 3-point shooting. Chris Collins got hit with a technical foul for protesting the no-call and Williams-Goss made a pair of free throws on the other end.
Here’s the replay of the interference. Collins asked. “Yes, I believe we had a great chance to win if the correct call was made”.
Pardon had Zach Collins pinned down low for what should have been an easy hoop.
After the game, Gonzaga center Collins was still unclear about what exactly happened.
All over downtown before the game, confidence wore the color purple as Northwestern fans flooded the Salt Lake area.
The only high seed to grab a victory in the West region on Thursday was the Xavier Musketeers, who defeated the Maryland Terrapins in their 6-11 matchup, 76-65.