Timme, who completed with 25 factors, scored Gonzaga’s first 6 factors of the additional interval to place the Bulldogs forward, 87-83.
U.C.L.A. drew nearer when Riley, after Tyger Campbell drew the protection, sank a baseline jumper, and it had an opportunity to tie on its subsequent possession however Juzang missed a brief transition floater with 1 minute, 38 seconds remaining in additional time. Andrew Nembhard appeared to place Gonzaga in management when he knocked in a 3-pointer lower than 30 seconds later to place Gonzaga forward by 90-85.
However the Bruins, as they’ve accomplished all match, had a solution. Popping out of a timeout, Jaquez, who had 19 factors, knocked in a 3-pointer from the wing to attract the Bruins inside 90-88 with 48 seconds left. When Kispert missed a 3-pointer, the Bruins hustled into the frontcourt and put the ball within the palms of their greatest participant, Juzang, who drove into the lane and missed a brief jumper, however collected the rebound and put it again in.
The Zags’ undoing in years previous has usually been gifted opponents with a bodily, relentless protection. On nights when their free-flowing offense couldn’t escape the muck, they’ve hardly ever had the kind of protection that would win these varieties of video games. It’s what undid Gonzaga of their final match look two years in the past, when as a No. 1 seed they had been upset by Texas Tech within the West regional ultimate.
This yr, Few insisted, was totally different.
The Zags, analytically not less than, rated as among the many nation’s greatest defenses and in Suggs, a freshman, they’d what has for them been a uncommon participant — an elite athlete with a soccer participant’s mentality. The issue towards the Bruins is that there was solely certainly one of him. U.C.L.A. was capable of isolate Juzang on whoever was guarding him or let Cody Riley, the Bruins’ cumbersome left-handed heart, draw Timme out of the paint and shoot jumpers over him. In addition they picked on Kispert, who was a defensive millstone.
But, when it mattered most for Gonzaga, it wasn’t the protection that saved its season. It was a prayer from the heavens.