After all of the pomp and circumstance of their first ever NCAA tournament game on Thursday, things will only be getting tougher for Northwestern on Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats take on top-seeded Gonzaga in Salt Lake City.
The NCAA admitted officials missed the call postgame.
Steven Cook added 11 points and seven rebounds and Myles Stephens finished with 10 points and five rebounds for Princeton, which had a 19-game winning streak going into the NCAA Tournament. His reaction was priceless.
Certainly even in the wake of Saturday’s defeat, there’s never been a better time for Northwestern basketball. The Wildcats cut the Zags’ lead to under double-digits for the first time with 8:42 to go, 59-50, on a Nathan Taphorn 3-pointer. A Pardon basket would have cut Northwestern’s deficit to three points with 4:57 to go in regulation.
“It wasn’t really painful because I like to think that I have a huge heart and I’ll play through anything”, Alkins said. Williams-Goss hit the two free throws, and the Zags regained the momentum.
Jordan Mathews scored 16 points to help Gonzaga slowly pull away from South Dakota State for a 66-46 victory and avoid the first 1 vs.16 upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
“It’s ironic we’re playing but I’m not surprised”, he said. “It makes me feel great”, Collins said.
Second half footage from Saturday’s game between Northwestern and Gonzaga seemed to focus in on one young fan more than the actual game.
The refs missed the call, however, resulting in Collins stepping onto the court to confront the official, who then called a technical on Collins. This season, the team won a program-record 24 games, reached the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, experienced the vast joy of Selection Sunday for the first time and captured a win over Vanderbilt in the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game earlier this week. All I know is I’m flying home.
Daum did a nice job on Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1 center, Przemek Karnowski, holding him to four points over the first 32 minutes. But in the second half the Wildcats came roaring back, by doing to Gonzaga what Gonzaga had done to them. Missed free throws (15 of 39), turnovers (16) and defensive lapses down the stretch let Florida Gulf Coast back into their first-round game.