Gonzaga holds off SC in Final Four
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 16:52
Gonzaga weathered a furious second-half rally by SC and held on to beat the Gamecocks 77-73 at the Final Four on Saturday night. He returned in the second half and was a dominating presence inside.
Gonzaga and SC squared off in each of their first Final Four's in program history.
In a game of runs during the second half, the Gamecocks ripped off a 14-0 stretch in less than three minutes to tie the game at 65 with 7:39 left.
North Carolina missed four straight free throws at the end of the game but got offensive rebounds in both cases to emerge victorious. Thornwell made a block and drew a charge in a momentum-changing sequence for the Gamecocks. Everything worked according to plan from there.
With at 77-73 win over SC on Saturday in the National Semifinals, Gonzaga advanced to the title game, where it will face the victor of North Carolina and Oregon. I think that is going to lead to a cover.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are headed to the national title game.
P.J. Dozier led the rally and the Gamecocks on the day, scoring 17 points. But what makes these Bulldogs so special is they're as good offensively as they are defensively. "So every game I try to do the same thing, just try to rim protect without fouling", Collins said. "They're always on me to show emotion, so that's my fairly weak effort of showing emotion". "They rebound well and we are big on offensive rebounding".
Thornwell played through an illness and was limited offensively. "Then I took him on a couple of possessions. I was fine. I was fine the whole game".
Maybe after playing as well as any player in the NCAA Tournament, Sindarius Thornwell was just due for a bad day. The Gamecocks shot 38 percent from the field and were 7 of 20 on 3-pointers. A Thornwell three cut the lead to 6 and forced Gonzaga to call a timeout. SC got as close as two points with two minutes left, but it scored only one point the rest of the way.
"And we just never stopped believing and we've had the utmost confidence in ourselves the entire season long", Williams-Goss said. "They prepared us for his tendencies, and they do a great job of preparing us for their counters. The way we play defense, you can put any school - big or small - against us". Dillon Brooks had a rough night for OR, making 2 of 11 shots and committing five turnovers before fouling out. That we're not tough. Gonzaga shot just under 70 percent from the floor in the first ten minutes and would shot 58 percent in the first half. "I feel like we'll be fine". That's my guy right there.