Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti comes up clutch with pair late 3-pointers to sink Gonzaga
March 30, 2019 Updated Sat., March 30, 2019 at 9:11 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Texas Tech’s Davide Moretti was an unlikely hero.
The sophomore guard from Italy wasn’t having a particularly strong game, but he came through late with a pair of 3-pointers that guided the Red Raiders past Gonzaga 75-69 Saturday at the Honda Center.
Moretti, who leads the team in 3-point percentage at 46.2, was 0 of 2 when he found himself with the ball out front and time running low on the shot clock. He waved away one screener, then asked for a screen from Norense Odiase. Moretti dribbled to his right to find open space and buried a 3-pointer to put Texas Tech up 63-58.
Moretti drilled another clutch 3 with 1:45 remaining, boosting the Red Raiders’ lead to 66-60.
“I was ready for those 3s because I knew my teammates trusted me,” said Moretti, who also hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Texas Tech a 73-69 lead. “So I had to pay them back. I was confident for the first seconds the ball left my hands.”
Moretti finished with 12 points, half in the final 3:50.
“He was very prominent on the scouting report,” Gonzaga forward Jeremy Jones said. “He made some big-time shots.”
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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