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

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"All good things come to an end I guess", said guard Bryant McIntosh. "I think I blocked a shot ... but I don't know". "It's only going to be winning these two games and advancing to the Sweet 16". Zach Collins' hand slips up through the netting. His backup, Collins, had 14 points, including back-to-back three-point plays that pushed Gonzaga's lead back to 19 in the second half after it had briefly dropped to 12. If the goaltending were correctly called, the score would have been 63-60 and a 3-point game instead of a 3-possession game.

"It would have been a three-point game".

"After watching some film we thought it would be best if we switched 1 through 4 off the ball and on the ball". "We weren't really anxious about (that). I'm really going to miss these guys and this program and just being part of this team".

Gonzaga got the credit it deserved this year - in the form of a No. 1 seed - for making its schedule as challenging as it could.

Fourth-seeded West Virginia dictated tempo with its full-court pressure defense and was efficient at the offensive end in defeating fifth-seeded Notre Dame in a second-round game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Zags warmed up in the second half, making 6 of 16 3s, to pull away for a 66-46 victory.

A 9-3 run early in the half, capped by a steal and transition flush from Sanjay Lumpkin re-ignited the largely dormant Wildcats. More than anything, though, Gonzaga buried shots in transition and stuffed the 'Cats in the lane time and time again.

Top stat: 36, as in free throws for Gonzaga, which hit 23. But in the second half the Wildcats came roaring back, by doing to Gonzaga what Gonzaga had done to them.

Said Mathews: "They adjusted". And the story of the game was the first half. Replay showed his hand went up through the cylinder.

". I mean, we made history in a way that's never been done at this university". A Pardon basket would have cut Northwestern's deficit to three points with 4:57 to go in regulation.

After the game, the NCAA issued a statement confirming what everybody saw, that the refs blew the crucial call.

Not only did it erase a bucket, but the call also led head coach Chris Collins to pick up a tech.

Even though the blown call on Collins' goaltending resulted in a pivotal four-point swing, Bulldogs coach Mark Few wasn't convinced that was the ultimate difference maker.

"We don't win that game without Tillie", said Collins.

"It's an honest mistake", he said. Referees are human beings, they're here for a reason. "But they don't want to talk about the plays we made down the stretch. If something presents itself, we're certainly looking, the way other people have looked and analyzed to see how it would work for them". "And look, there's a lot of basketball to be played, but I do believe in my heart that if that's called correctly, we would've had a great chance to win". "We just came up a little bit short". There's momentum swinging both ways during that time.

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