Final Four Highlights: Gonzaga perseveres to hold off game South Carolina, 77-73

04/01/2017

GLENDALE, AZ – Top-seeded Gonzaga ceded a double-digit lead in the second half before regaining their composure and making enough plays down the stretch to outlast upstart South Carolina 77-73.  Up three and defending with a dozen seconds to play, Mark Few entrusted his team to purposely foul Sindarius Thornwell with three and a half seconds left.  The strategy paid off perfectly when–after Thornwell knocked down the first free-throw–Killian Tillie secured the critical rebound off of the missed second and subsequently drained both free throws to seal the victory.

Nigel Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs with 23 points and six assists, and freshman Zach Collins came off the Zags’ bench to score 14 points while pulling down 13 boards and blocking 6 shots.

Sophomore guard PJ Dozier paced the Gamecocks’ comeback with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Kevin Kugler and Clark Kellogg called the action on Westwood One Sports.

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