Gonzaga-Texas Tech: 3 keys to the Red Raiders’ 75-69 Elite Eight victory over the Bulldogs
Sat., March 30, 2019
Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti hit the two biggest shots of the game, both dagger 3-pointers. The Red Raiders led 60-58 with time fading on the shot clock when Moretti connected to make it a five-point advantage with 3:50 left. The Zags were within 63-60 when Moretti struck for another 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining.
Grad transfer guard Matt Mooney scored 17 points to go with five assists and three steals. Mooney’s layup on a pretty drive against Brandon Clarke gave Texas Tech the lead for good at 60-58. Mooney hit all four of his free throws, including two big ones with 19.7 seconds left to bump the Red Raiders’ lead to 71-67. Mooney hit 6 of 12 from the field.
Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens did a nice job defensively inside against Gonzaga’s bigs. Clarke and Rui Hachimura combined for 40 points, but they also had nine turnovers. Owens had three blocks, one steal and seven defensive rebounds.
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. (in front ) and Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) leave the court after Texas tech defeated the Zags in the NCAA West Regional Final college men’s basketball game Thurs., March 30, 2019, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. . (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
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