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Arizona-Gonzaga: The series at a glance

In this 2003 file photo, Gonzaga's Blake Stepp drives in the second overtime against Arizona in Salt Lake City. (FILE)
In this 2003 file photo, Gonzaga's Blake Stepp drives in the second overtime against Arizona in Salt Lake City. (FILE)

Nov. 29, 2000: Arizona 101, Gonzaga 87

The visiting Zags led 76-71 with 8 minutes remaining but ran out of steam when Casey Calvary fouled out, Dan Dickau dislocated a finger and Zach Gourde sprained his ankle, all inside the last 6 minutes.

No. 5 Arizona finished with a 19-5 spurt. Michael Wright scored 25 points, Gilbert Arenas 21 and Richard Jefferson 20. The Wildcats cashed in at the free-throw line, making 34 of 39 to Gonzaga’s 14 of 26.

Blake Stepp scored 21 points. Dickau finished with 20 points and seven assists. The two combined for 10 3-pointers. Calvary had 16 points and six rebounds in just 24 minutes.

March 22, 2003: Arizona 96, Gonzaga 95 (2OT)

An instant classic, the top-seeded Wildcats survived in a second-round NCAA tournament matchup when Blake Stepp’s bank shot from 7 feet was a touch too hard.

Among the unforgettable moments: Tony Skinner’s put-back to tie it at the end of regulation, Luke Walton’s post-up basket that forced a second overtime and players from both teams collapsing on the court after the final buzzer.

Skinner, who played all 50 minutes, and Stepp each had 25 points. Channing Frye and Jason Gardner combined for 44 points.

Spokane hosted two tournament games that day and thousands stuck around afterward to watch GU-Arizona on the Arena big screen.

Dec. 14, 2008: Arizona 69, Gonzaga 64

Arizona, under interim coach Russ Pennell in a tumultuous post-Lute Olson era, closed with a 7-2 run to upset No. 4 Gonzaga in Phoenix. Austin Daye had 22 points and Matt Bouldin 14 but the Zags struggled with turnovers (14) against a trapping zone. Arizona relied on Jordan Hill (22 points), Nic Wise (21) and Chase Budinger (14).

Dec. 17, 2011: Gonzaga 71, Arizona 60

Gonzaga bolted in front 14-0 in the Battle in Seattle. Elias Harris scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half as the Zags built a 39-21 lead.

Sam Dower scored 10 points and Kevin Pangos added eight assists for the Zags, who committed just six turnovers and owned the boards 40-26. Arizona’s Kyle Fogg’s had 14 points and Nick Johnson 13.

March 14, 2014: Arizona 84, Gonzaga 61

The second-round NCAA tournament game in San Diego was the only blowout in the six-game series. Gonzaga had a season-high 21 turnovers resulting in 31 Wildcat points.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson combined for 53 points for the top-seeded Wildcats. Przemek Karnowski led Gonzaga with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Pangos scored 12 points, despite reinjuring his ankle in the first half.

Dec. 6, 2014: Arizona 66, Gonzaga 63 (OT)

No. 9 Gonzaga scored two points in the final 3:55 of regulation and made one field goal in overtime. Byron Wesley had a chance to tie it late in overtime but he missed all three free throws, the last intentionally, after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

The visiting Zags led for 28 minutes compared to No. 3 Arizona’s 10:24.

Kyle Wiltjer scored 15 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 12 points. Przemek Karnowski had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats’ Brandon Ashley scored 14 points and T.J. McConnell added 12.

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