Gonzaga dropped its first game of the 2015-16 season, falling 62-61 to Texas A&M in a game that had the feel of a Sweet 16 contest. Here's my gamer. Whenever a game is decided by such a close margin, the what-ifs and coulda-beens are plentiful.
Such was the case for the Zags, who missed 7 of 11 free throws in the second half, one of which was the front half of a 1-and-1; committed a costly turnover inside the final minute; gave up a key offensive rebound; and couldn't keep the Aggies off the free-throw line in the last 8:10. And don't forget about a lane violation on a missed Aggies' free throw with 7:21 left. Tyler Davis hit the second-chance free throw to tie it 54.
Those were all factors in Texas A&M overcoming a 60-56 deficit. Gonzaga scored just one point in the final 5:30.
GU faces UConn in the third-place game Friday.