Gonzaga tops UCLA in OT on Jalen Suggs buzzer beater, heads to NCAA title game04/04/2021
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are moving on to the NCAA March Madness title game after narrowly defeating the UCLA Bruins 93-90 in an exciting overtime victory on Saturday night.
The Zags won on a Hail Mary three-point buzzer beater inside the halfcourt logo by freshman Jalen Suggs.
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“Every day in shootaround before the game we shoot half-courters,” Suggs said. “I haven’t been making my half-courters, but I got it with confidence, put it up. It’s crazy. I can’t come to words right now.”
It was a tense game that saw nearly 20 lead changes and 11 ties but the undefeated Zags had the edge going into the second half after establishing a one-point lead when senior Corey Kispert hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half.
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Gonzaga kept the lead to start the second half but the No. 11 seed UCLA was able to narrow the score in the final minutes as both teams went point-for-point.
The Bruins were arguably the Bulldogs’ biggest challenger — they entered this Final Four with four straight double-digit victories in the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga brought a 30-0 record into the game and is trying to become the first team since Indiana State in 1979 to carry an undefeated record into the national title game.
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Standing in their way will be the Baylor Bears who dominated the Houston Cougars 78-59 earlier in the day to reach its first championship game since 1948.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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