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20 for 20: Gonzaga basketball has produced plenty of memorable moments in NCAA Tournament run

Gonzaga coach Mark Few celebrates the Zags win over Xavier in an NCAA Elite Eight game, Sat., March 25, 2017, in San Jose. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Mark Few celebrates the Zags win over Xavier in an NCAA Elite Eight game, Sat., March 25, 2017, in San Jose. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

The best plays, performances, games, quips and wild cards over two decades of dancing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs:

20. Gonzaga 82, Stanford 74 (1999). Zags had to get by Minnesota first, but beating No. 2 seed truly launched the run

19. Richie Frahm, 31 points against Louisville (2000)

18. Tony Skinner’s twisting put-back to force overtime against Arizona (2003)

17. Chuck Machock, Cincinnati’s radio color analyst, ejected for yelling at referee Matt Kitts during Gonzaga’s 74-69 first-round win (2003)

16. Dan Dickau, 29 points vs. Virginia (2001)

15. Gonzaga 66, UCLA 52. Zags return to the Elite 8 after 16 years (2015)

14. Demetri Goodson’s coast-to-coast layup to beat Western Kentucky to reach Sweet 16 (2009)

13. “It’s pronounced ‘Gone-ZAG-uh.’” – Coach Dan Monson delivering a message to the nation (1999)

12. Kyle Wiltjer, 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting vs. Iowa (2015)

11. Gonzaga 73, Florida 72. The Cinderella stroke that put Zags in the Elite 8 for the first time (1999)

10. Nigel Williams-Goss, 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists vs. South Carolina (2017)

9. Quentin Hall holds UConn star Khalid El-Amin to 0-of-12 shooting in the Elite 8 (1999)

8. The @KarnowskisBeard account on Twitter (2017)

7. Gonzaga 83, Xavier 59. Dominant performance that sent Bulldogs to their first Final Four (2017)

6. Adam Morrison, 35 points vs. Xavier (2006)

5. Jordan Mathews’ 3-pointer to beat West Virginia in Sweet 16 (2017)

4. Domantas Sabonis, 19 points and 10 rebounds and holds All-American Jakob Poeltl to 5 points vs. Utah (2016)

3. No. 1 seed Arizona 96, No. 9 Gonzaga 95 (2 OT). Still the best-played drama in Zags’ NCAA history (2003)

2. Casey Calvary’s tip-in to beat Florida in Sweet 16 (1999)

1. “It’s every emotion balled up into one – except the bad ones.” – Guard Josh Perkins on reaching the Final Four (2017)


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