RECORD HAUL: UNC, the South Region's No. 1 seed, earned a record 20th Final Four berth on Luke Maye's last-second shot to beat Kentucky 75-73 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gonzaga point guard and Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss was the star of the game. "We just need to follow the game".
The Bulldogs would start to take a little advantage, though, as they shot at a high percentage, converting almost 58 percent of their field goals.
The Gamecocks had a chance to tie the game, but the intentionally missed free throw with three seconds left by SC was rebounded by Killian Tillie of Gonzaga. Defense spurred the spurt, as it typically does with the Gamecocks.
Freshman Zach Collins delivered 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in 23 minutes as Gonzaga knocked off SC, 77-73 in Glendale, Arizona.
"Gonzaga does a good job of getting the ball inside, and we haven't seen that a lot in this tournament", top defender Duane Notice said.
Ask the Gamecocks (26-10) about Gonzaga's defense and rim protection is mentioned again and again.
Since 2007, six Final Four teams have had Division I transfers in their starting lineup, but none has won a national title.
While going up on the interior with about five minutes left on the clock to try and get a bucket, he had his shot blocked.
"I've had some really, really tough teams". "His work ethic is awesome". "We've had the utmost confidence in ourselves all season long". "I am glad my dad and the people around me keep my head in the game". So he's been huge for us.
He was the last guy on his team to score, hitting a free throw with 3 seconds left that cut the lead to two.
Before that run, SC struggled to keep up in the rebounding department as five minutes into the second half, it trailed 26-18 in rebounds and had just five offensive rebounds. But even those few skeptics will surely be silenced if the Zags can manage to pull out two more wins. He returned later to help Gonzaga in the second half.
"I had blurry vision, a little bit of a shadow", Karnowski said.
"I think it was just a lack of energy".
"To be playing the last game of the year, that's insane cool", Few said.
Thornwell played through an illness and was limited offensively.
P.J. Dozier had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for SC, which erased a 14 point deficit by couldn't complete the task.
They have forced an average of 17 turnovers in four NCAA tournament games, outscoring every team in the second half by an average of 13.5 points. They spread the scoring as six Gamecocks scored in the first 11 minutes before Thornwell cracked the scoresheet.