(1) Gonzaga defeated (7) South Carolina, 77-73, in the first Final Four game in school history, to advance to Monday night’s title game. Why? Primarily because of Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins’ play.
Williams-Goss was dynamite from the jump, dominating the guards of South Carolina, going for 23 points and 6 assists. Collins came off of the bench, but looked like one of the best players on the court, grabbing 13 rebounds and 6 blocks including one in the final two minutes on Sindarius Thornwell’s drive attempt.
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Thornwell, who reportedly had a “bug” all week, struggled in the first half but came on late in the final 20 minutes, to score 15 points and dish out 2 assists. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, it wasn’t enough to propel them to their first championship game.
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Mark Few’s team will face either (1) North Carolina or (3) Oregon in the National Championship game. It will be Few’s first championship game, after reaching the NCAA Tournament every year since 1999. Williams-Goss, the Washington transfer, will look to bring a title to Spokane.
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