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Gonzaga holds off South Carolina 77-73 in Final Four

"We said we're brothers and we stick together and it shows". "We just really struggled without our glue out there when Karlie twisted her ankle". Maybe I just got lucky.

The big knock on Gonzaga in the past was its inability to handle adversity. The current Ducks defeated No. 1 Kansas in the Elite 8. Opponents have shot a combined 39.9 percent from the field against the Gamecocks, averaging 17 turnovers per game.

But that opponent has to count for something, especially when it's a team that's lost one of 37 games with the Associated Press Coach of the Year and a second-team All-American at two-guard. "I don't know how people in the back are going to see the game". They do a great job keeping you out of the rim and make you take pull-up jumpers. Can they keep it going against a terrific Gonzaga team?

The Bulldogs will face SC in Sunday's championship game at American Airlines Center.

Williams-Goss is the Zags' leader, running their offense while scoring on a variety of drives, 3s and step-back jumps. The Gamecocks were down as many as 14 in the second half, but responded with 14 straight points to tie it at 65. (Oddly enough, Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss is No. 449 on that list.) Thornwell's WS/40 ratio increased slightly to 0.103 and 0.144 over the next two years before exploding to 0.281 as a senior.

"It's tough when you see you have three people around you and you see your teammate is open but you really just can't get it there the way you want to", Wilson said.

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He finished with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored six straight points for UNC off a three and then and-one inside. Monk got his second foul barely a minute later (5:02) when he grabbed the jersey of Jackson as the UNC player began a curl.


Karnowski went down on the court in the first half after being poked in the right eye as he took a shot underneath the basket. This is the most balanced and grittiest team Mark Few has ever had in his unbelievable run as the Zags coach. "But then we also can combine that with the athleticism, the shot-blocking of Zach Collins and Killian Tillie helps".

SC erased Stanford's nine-point halftime lead when the Gamecocks went on a 19-4 run that took up most of the third quarter. They had trailed by at least seven points in six games it has come back to win this season.

Another criticism of Gonzaga in the past was its defense. That contest against SC has been a long time coming, as it took the Zags 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances before they broke through to the national semifinals.

"Most of their families couldn't afford on their own four days before the trip to buy plane tickets and stay at $350-a-night hotels to come watch their kid play on this platform", Martin said.

However, things turned dramatically for the Gamecocks in the second half. North Carolina was beaten in last year's title game when Villanova's Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell leads all scorers with 103 points in the NCAA tournament so far. "I said, 'Huh? What is wrong with you?"

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