Twitter Reacts To 'Worst Possession Ever' To End Gonzaga-West Virginia Game
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 24, 2017,
Mar 24, 2017, 11:46
For transfers like Williams-Goss, Mathews and Jonathan Williams, it's been only one year of hearing incessantly about the elusive Final Four berth. Northwestern went on a 20-5 run and cut the Zags lead to single digits before a technical foul ended the Wildcats' momentum. The Mountaineers, on the other hand, have the best three point shooting percentage of any team remaining in the tournament, shooting 52% from beyond the arc.
Gonzaga ranks sixth nationally in three-point percentage defense (30%) and second in two-point percentage defense (40%).
Melson finds Williams for only his 14th 3-pointer on the season.
There have been two Elite Eight runs, in 1999 and 2015; and five Sweet 16s, the most recent coming previous year.
Somehow even with the height advantage being supremely in GU's favor, the Zags were outrebounded 25-17 in the first half overall.
The Mountaineers worked hard to get in front, and it was a reward as much as relief after experiencing issues offensively throughout the first half.
This style of defense is not one that the Bulldogs have seen all year, according to 24/7 Sports, but 'zaga might be too fast for "Press Virginia" to force a turnover.
The Mountaineers hound the ball relentlessly and aggressively cut off passing lanes looking for any little advantage possible. The Mountaineers were as aggressive as they have been on the offensive glass all season, garnering 20 offensive rebounds (20!).
Did Adrian think he got fouled on the layup?
The next offensive possession led to a four-point play after Mathews drained his second 3-pointer of the game and took contact on the follow through.
Carter answered the Zags seven point mini-run with a 3 of his own at the 16-13 mark.
Carter led the Mountaineers with 21 points. Plus, other than 2008 when the Jayhawks won the national title, Bill Self's teams have had their share of tournament flops. Few's team comes at you with a couple of 7-footers up front and with a solid guard in Nigel Williams-Goss who will be charged with setting the pace, beating the press and seeing the big men get involved.
It lasted 15 seconds, though, as Karnowski pivoted and leaned through defenders and scored while being fouled, but he missed everything on the free throw to leave the score tied 49-all. Few pulled the freshman out and brought Mathews back in with 6 minutes left until halftime. Tarik Phillip came off the bench and hit two threes to finish with 12 points.
But the Mountaineers couldn't get one off as Gonzaga smothered Carter beyond the top of the key as time expired.
The Zags, seeking their first Final Four berth, will meet Arizona or Xavier in Saturday's West Regional finals.
Third game this season Williams-Goss has missed two free throws.