Gonzaga has punched its ticket, emphatically, to the Closing 4.
The Bulldogs had been almost untouchable for the whole thing of their Elite Eight romp over the Trojans, leaping out to a 7-0 lead and successful 85-66. Three gamers scored in double digits for Gonzaga, together with a game-high 23 factors from Drew Timme. He was simply the perfect participant on the ground, including 5 rebounds, 4 assists, three steals and 10-of-19 area purpose capturing.
He was joined by Jalen Suggs (18 factors) and Corey Kispert (18 factors) as double-digit scorers; Kispert had eight rebounds, whereas Suggs had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Their mixed energy overwhelmed the Trojans and made it in order that Gonzaga by no means trailed within the sport. The result’s Gonzaga’s second-ever Closing 4 berth and 30-0 file.
USC acquired behind early however, to its credit score, performed higher within the second half. 5 Trojans starters scored within the double digits, together with 36 mixed from Mobley brothers Evan (19 factors) and Isaiah (17). The group stats counsel a more in-depth sport than even the rating would counsel: a testomony to how dominant Few’s group was within the first half, even after they slowed down significantly after the break.
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Second Half: Gonzaga 85, USC 66
9:17 p.m.: Closing: Gonzaga 85, USC 66. Absolute destruction.
9:16 p.m.: And there is one other Suggs 3, only for giggles. It is 83-64 Gonzaga with lower than a minute remaining.
9:12 p.m.: Gonzaga is content material to let the clock run down on every of its possessions. Beneath two minutes now main 80-62.
9:06 p.m.: And there is the ultimate media timeout. Zags lead 78-58 with 3:45 remaining.
9:05 p.m.: USC now aiming for a full-court press. It is not even desperation at this level, however the Trojans should attempt one thing down 76-58 and approaching the ultimate media timeout.
9 p.m.: USC is enjoying higher within the second half, to its credit score. However the Trojans cannot minimize into the lead so long as Gonzaga retains making photographs like Aaron Prepare dinner’s deep 3-pointer. That makes it 74-55 Bulldogs with 6:24 remaining.
8:57 p.m.: Kispert is fouled on his layup try and can take two photographs when the sport comes again from media timeout. The Zags lead 70-50 with 7:49 remaining.
8:54 p.m.: A Trojans participant may very well be heard saying, “Hey I am broad open man” after a missed shot try. Been that form of evening for USC.
8:48 p.m.: A Timme layup provides him 21 factors and makes it 64-43 Gonzaga on the second media timeout (11:06).
8:44 p.m.: And that is shortly adopted by a Kispert 3. He now has 15 factors on 5-of-13 capturing and 6 rebounds.
8:44 p.m.: USC’s nonetheless down huge, however Gonzaga is letting them again into it: The Zags are 3 of 9 capturing for the half and have two turnovers.
8:40 p.m.: It is 58-39 Zags on the first media timeout (14:23)
8:31 p.m.: A few thunderous dunks from Timme and Ayayi present the second half is only a formality. It is 56-34 Zags with 17:44 left in regulation.
8:30 p.m.: And that is shortly adopted by a Kispert 3 to make it 52-32 Zags.
8:28 p.m.: Gonzaga misses on its first possession and Evan Mobley will get a dunk on the opposite finish to make it 49-32 Gonzaga.
First Half: Gonzaga 49, USC 30
8:12 p.m.: And, from the TBS telecast: Smith is secure, nonetheless light-headed, however will not be taken to the hospital.
8:08 p.m.: Some first-half stats:
- Area targets: Gonzaga 20 for 37 (54.1 %); USC 11 for 31 (35.5 %)
- 3-pointers: Gonzaga 2 for 8 (25 %); USC 3 for 10 (30 %)
- Free throws: Gonzaga 7 for 9 (77.8 %); USC 5 for six (83.3 %)
- Rebounds: Gonzaga 21; USC 14
- Assists: Gonzaga 13; USC 5
- Steals: Gonzaga 6; USC 0
- Blocks: Gonzaga 2; USC 0
- Turnovers: Gonzaga 1; USC 7
- Largest lead: Gonzaga 21; USC 0
And, this is a take a look at Timme, who has completely dominated this sport: 15 factors, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, 7-of-12 capturing.
8:05 p.m.: USC has the potential remaining possession of the half, down 49-30 to the Zags. They desperately want a rating right here … and it is a defensive cease by Gonzaga.
8 p.m.: Kispert and Suggs rating a 3- and 2-pointer, respectively, to stymie the USC run. It is 41-24 Zags.
7:55 p.m.: USC’s Tahj Eady and Isaiah Mobley make a pair of 3s as a part of an 8-0 run to chop the deficit to 36-23 with 4:25 left within the half — definitely vital, however not insurmountable. They could have to empty a number of extra of these to make it an actual sport, nonetheless.
7:51 p.m.: A Suggs 3 and Kipert 2-pointer make it 36-15 Zags. Of be aware: USC has seven turnovers in comparison with zero for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are dominating each side of the sport proper now.
7:44 p.m.: Here is an fascinating tidbit from the Zags’ scoring: 22 of their 27 factors have come from contained in the paint. They’re presently 12 of 21 capturing.
7:40 p.m.: Suggs making it ugly:
7:38 p.m.: USC had 4 defenders within the paint and Timme bypassed all of them to make it 23-8; he has a game-high 13 factors. It is a 16-2 run by the Zags with 11:28 remaining within the half.
7:35 p.m.: Evan Mobley will get one other dunk to interrupt a 10-0 run by Gonzaga — adopted by one other brief bucket by Timme. He has the final eight factors for Gonzaga. As famous on the telecast, USC is not double-teaming him as a result of he is such an amazing passer, permitting him to just about rating at will.
7:32 p.m.: And there is Timme, scoring on three straight possessions: A 14-footer, dunk in transition after which one other transition layup. The final bucket makes it 17-4 Gonzaga and offers Timme 9 factors. He is enjoying out of his thoughts. Timeout USC.
7:31 p.m.: William Henderson is now in for Smith and we’re again to motion.
7:31 p.m.: Smith is now on his ft, however that is positively the final we have seen of him for this sport. He is being wheeled off whereas awake and alert. That is good, at the very least.
7:28 p.m.: They’re bringing out the stretcher.
7:26 p.m.: Uh-oh. One of many officers, Bert Smith, has collapsed on the courtroom. He appears to be speaking on the bottom however he’s laid out flat on his again.
7:25 pm.: Gonzaga’s Anton Watson is named for the foul on an inbounds go to Evan Mobley. USC will get the bucket to make it 7-4.
7:22 p.m.: Evan Mobley places USC on the board for the primary time with a put-back layup. It appears as if he by chance elbowed Ayayi within the face coming down; the Zags junior is on the bottom checking his enamel. Seems like he’ll be OK.
7:18 p.m.: USC coach Andy Enfield calls his first timeout at 18:03 within the first half after the Zags get yet one more turnover — their third in 4 possessions — and make the rating 7-0. Bulldogs enjoying like the highest general seed early.
7:17 p.m.: And there is Timme once more, getting the turnover off an errant go. The Zags get the sphere purpose once more and make it 3-0 shortly.
7:15 p.m.: Timme will get a steal and tries to attain on the quick break; he misses, will get the rebound and is fouled on the try. He’ll try two free throws.
7 p.m.: Tonight’s starters:
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Tuesday’s Elite Eight sport between Gonzaga and USC is scheduled to tip-off at 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. PT), adopted by Michigan vs. UCLA.
Each video games will probably be broadcast nationally on TBS; Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner and Dana Jacobson will name USC-Gonzaga, whereas Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson and Allie LaForce will name UCLA-Michigan. You possibly can stream the sport on March Insanity Dwell, the web house of each 2021 NCAA Event sport.
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