The last question asked of anyone involved in Gonzaga’s win over West Virginia belong to Bulldogs coach Mark Few, who turned to Johnathan Williams and broke a cardinal sports writing sin: Leading an interviewee with a statement rather than a question.
Gonzaga and West Virginia combined for 51 fouls and 61 free throws in an NCAA tournament game that lacked flow for significant portions.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few decided to shake up his defense in the first half of the Bulldogs’ 61-58 win over West Virginia on Thursday.
How tough do you have to be to sumo wrestle a stump grinder? To slow dance with gunnysack of glass shards? To endure the baleful glare of Bob Huggins and his remorseless ninjas and stare right back, and not just as survivors? To stay nothing of staring down history, cynics and silly narratives.
Gonzaga will have a distinct size advantage on Saturday against its opponent, Xavier, whose largest starter is 6-foot-9 freshman Tyrique Jones.
It was the best shot Jordan Mathews never saw go in. The senior guard buried a 3-pointer inside the final minute to give Gonzaga the lead and the second-ranked Zags dug out a 61-58 victory over West Virginia with a defensive stand in the closing seconds.
The decisive moments of Gonzaga’s 61-58 win over West Virginia were a pair of missed 3-pointers by West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, and the first thing he said during the postgame press conference was to admit to an error in judgment.
“People don’t ask about the labor pains,” my dad used to say. “All they want to do is see the baby.”
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 61-58 win over West Virginia on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
The first foul was called 20 seconds in, and the whistles just kept coming, interrupting any chance for flow or rhythm on the court.