BOISE – Gonzaga’s tense first two NCAA Tournament games have tested athletic director Mike Roth’s viewing protocol.
Roth has watched every GU game he’s attended in person since the 1999-2000 season from a tunnel, usually the one closest to the Zags’ bench, to deal with an onset of nervous energy.
The Zags’ 68-64 thriller over UNC Greensboro on Thursday required a couple of Roth repositions before momentum sided with the Zags. Roth noticed Gonzaga’s strong finish corresponded to when he was standing next to a women who worked in Boise State’s ticket office.
Gonzaga was in another tight contest Saturday against Ohio State, which led by five with 6 minutes remaining. Roth knew what he had to do. He found the same BSU employee, stood next to her and the Zags promptly rallied for a 90-84 victory.
“I told Boise State A.D. Curt Apsey that she might have a full-time position at Gonzaga,” Roth cracked.
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