Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Gonzaga Survived Northwestern With Help From A Blown Call And A Technical

Gonzaga Survived Northwestern With Help From A Blown Call And A Technical

None of us will.

"Do me in my heart think if (the official) gets that call and we cut it to three, we have a great chance to win?" "We had all the momentum".

On the other end, Williams-Goss made both free throws.

At the postgame news conference, a moderator read an NCAA statement that declared it a bad call as Collins sat nodding and making facial expressions of disapproval upon hearing the explanation. "I don't know what happened", Collins said. I suppose this makes sense - if they were allowed to review everything, there could be a problem with game length.

Northwestern was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the second round on Saturday. But to say that sequence altered the outcome diminishes the way Gonzaga regained its composure. It would have been very easy to pack it in and call it a good season after going down 18 points to a #1 seed.

"It's an honest mistake", he said. Referees are human beings, they're here for a reason, because they're outstanding officials.

"If I see a guy from another team put his hand through the rim and blocks a shot going through the basket, I'm going to react to it if the play isn't called", he said.

"I think about it". But for "Crying Northwestern Kid" on Saturday, it was many moments. Senior guard Jordan Mathews and 7-foot freshman Zach Collins contributed 14 points apiece for Gonzaga.

Top star: Bryant McIntosh laid it on the line. Then Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey slowly exited the court. All of them can hold them high. 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.

"I was trying to find something different", he said of playing without an undershirt. "A lot of teams would have rolled over at halftime".

It's not a Northwestern game without countless fan reaction shots.

"I thought I blocked the shot and they thought it was a foul", he said.

The child may be the son of Jim Phillips, who is vice president for athletics and recreation at Northwestern. "Just kind of the heartbreak and having the season over, we had such an incredible season".

In the end, Northwestern fell just short, but that should take nothing away from what was a season that will be remembered in Evanston forever. NU cut it to five with 22 seconds left. The Boilermakers almost blew a 19-point lead, but held on for an 80-76 victory. But Northwestern wasn't done making noise.

Behind a suddenly ferocious defense that hampered fifth-seeded Virginia on seemingly every possession, fourth-seeded Florida advanced to the Sweet 16 with the victory at Amway Center in Orlando.

However, the statement is likely of little consolation to the Northwestern team.

And Northwestern - with solid talent returning and a coach who made history this year - will look to do that. But a bitter ending changes nothing about Northwestern's season. They made a call, so we've got to live with it. The Wildcats just might still be dancing.

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