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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. experienced 28 points, Rui Hachimura additional 25 and Gonzaga is going back into the Sweet 16 having a 90-84 victory over Ohio Condition in the West Region on Saturday night time.
Norvell hit the late tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro in the starting round to help the Zags move forward. The confident freshman made six of 11 from the arc towards Ohio State to lead Gonzaga (32-4) into the Sweet 16 for your fourth straight season – 2 wins from a return trip to the ultimate Four.
The Bulldogs jumped to be able to a big early lead, withstood the second-half Ohio State charge plus made the big plays down the stretch out to earn a spot in the West Area semifinals against the Xavier-Florida State champion in Los Angeles.
The resilient-all-season Buckeyes (25-9) rallied from an abysmal start and an 11-point halftime deficit to take a brief second-half guide before Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to snatch it back.
Keita Bates-Diop had 28 points and Kam Williams 19 for Ohio Condition.
Ohio State and Gonzaga fulfilled four months ago in the PK80 Invitational.
It did not go nicely for the Buckeyes.
The Zags disposed Ohio State’s defense while capturing 59 percent and held the particular Buckeyes to 35 percent within an 86-59 thrashing.
The Buckeyes stated they are a better team now. Their particular record reflects it, too: twenty five wins, a second-place finish within the rough-and-tumble Big Ten Conference as well as a return to the NCAA Tournament initially since 2015.
The Zags appeared a little rusty in their opening 68-64 win over UNC-Greensboro. They looked a lot more like the team that blew away BYU in the WCC title online game early against the Buckeyes.
Gonzaga have scored the game’s first 15 factors while hitting six of 9 shots and blocking two associated with Ohio State’s. The Buckeyes got three of their first seven pictures roll off the rim early plus didn’t score until Jae’Sean Tate hit a 3-pointer at fourteen: 18
Ohio State righted by itself on offense, but struggled in order to slow the zigging Zags, whom made 18 of 31 photos to lead 44-33 at halftime.
The Buckeyes got even more pictures to fall coming out of halftime plus forced a rash of Gonzaga turnovers during a 12-2 run to go up 58-54.
Gonzaga answered with an 11-0 operate, going up 73-67 on Hachimura’s 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer.
Ohio State came upward short of its first Sweet sixteen since 2013, but the season could not be considered a failure. The Buckeyes had been picked to finish 11th in the Large Ten in coach Chris Holtmann’s first season, but ended up 2nd and won a game in the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga did not play especially well in its opening NCAA Competition game, but looks like it could create another Final Four run after obtaining past the Buckeyes.
Gonzaga will face the Xavier-Florida Condition winner at the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles.
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