Hot-shooting No. 1 seed Syracuse took control of its second-round matchup with Gonzaga midway through the first half, and the No. 8 Bulldogs were never able to climb back into it. Syracuse shot 12 of 25 from three-point range on its way to an 87-65 win.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York was no kinder to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament than it was in the regular season. Same goes for Gonzaga’s ongoing struggle against No. 1 seeds. The Bulldogs made two trips to the Empire State this season and got bludgeoned both times. No. 1-seeded Syracuse ended No. 8 Gonzaga’s season with a decisive 87-65 victory Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament in front of 18,934 at HSBC Arena. Coupled with Duke’s 76-41 rout of GU in New York City in December, the two losses were the Zags’ most lopsided of the season.
Wes Johnson scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and Andy Rautins added 24 points as Syracuse hit a dozen 3-pointers to stun Gonzaga 87-65 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.