Important Missed Call In Gonzaga-Northwestern

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The field goal should have been awarded, Gonzaga's lead should have been cut to three and with Mark Few's Bulldogs in complete meltdown mode, it felt like the game was going to be Northwestern's to lose. Lumpkin is moving on, one of just two players on this roster who won't be back for the quest for back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2017-18. "We all enjoy competing at the highest level". There are two ways to win in the NCAA Tournament: have one or more gifted players who will go to the National Basketball Association after their freshmen seasons; or have talented, but not too talented, players who can grow together to the point where they are very risky by the time they're juniors and seniors. If the goaltending were correctly called, the score would have been 63-60 and a 3-point game instead of a 3-possession game. "We had all of the momentum". But, on the other, how do three officials on the court miss what was so obviously goaltending in an NCAA tournament game?

That's an automatic technical foul in any situation, but the coach really did have a reason to be upset. They issued a statement, I appreciate the apology. But it was clear that Collins had stuck his hand up through the rim, which is basket interference.

The fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (27-8) resume their one-time conference rivalry against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-9) in a matchup of teams that play with contrasting styles. Bryant McIntosh scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and Vic Law had 15 of his 18, as Northwestern finally found an answer for Gonzaga's quick guards and smooth-as-can-be ball movement. For this to happen during my last year, for us to make it this far, the season we had, for everything to fall into place for my last year is a dream come true for me. "But it's an honest mistake. We're all emotional. We're coming back from 20 down".

Unfortunately, time ran out on Northwestern's Cinderella story. "But when you do something for first time I think you're going to get a following that's a little different than what you're accustomed to".

Northwestern's 53 second half points were the most points that Gonzaga has given in a half up this season.

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I thought we responded several different times to their runs throughout the second half.

"I'm never letting this one go", freshman Rapolas Ivanauskas said as he clung to an NCAA sign.

"It makes me feel great", he said to laughter. Then Gonzaga committed a blatant goaltend on the other end of the floor, hypothetically cutting the lead to three.

Nigel Williams-Goss rebounded from Thursday's disappointing outing with a much better game highlighted by a dominant first half in which he notched a 14-6-4 line. Their 14 and 8 points helped stave off the multitude of second half Wildcat surges.

In the city DePaul made the Final Four in 1979 and Michael Jordan made his last shot as Bull in 1998, another Chicago-area basketball team simply fell just short.