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No. 17 Gonzaga blows big lead, holds off Texas 76-71 in OT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Rui Hachimura came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, Josh Perkins added 15 points and No. 17 Gonzaga blew a 21-point second half lead before putting away Texas 76-71 in overtime in a consolation game Sunday at the PK80 Invitational.
Andrew Jones hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to force OT, capping the Longhorns' unexpected rally. But Texas had three turnovers in overtime, the last of which Silas Melson picked off, leading to a transition layup with 10 seconds left that finally put away the Longhorns.
Melson also hit a key 3-pointer with one minute left in regulation as the shot clock expired and Gonzaga was melting down. The Bulldogs held on despite committing 14 turnovers in the second half, the last of which was picked off by Dylan Osetkowski at midcourt and led to Jones' 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime tied at 67-all.
Matt Coleman led the Longhorns (4-2) with 19 points and Jones finished with 18 points.
Gonzaga needed every bit of a 24-0 run in the first half due to a sloppy stretch of the second half. The Bulldogs went nearly seven minutes without a basket and committed six turnovers during the stretch. Jones' 3-pointer with 5:26 left pulled the Longhorns within 58-47. Gonzaga committed consecutive turnovers in the backcourt and Dylan Osetkowski's free throws with 5:05 left pulled Texas within seven.
Killian Tillie's 3-pointer pushed Gonzaga's lead back to 11, but after a 3 by Jones, baskets by Osetkowski and Jones off turnovers cut the deficit to 63-59 with 2:08 left. Melson's 3 that beat the shot clock appeared to settle the Bulldogs, but Texas had one final push, pulling off the type of rally Duke put on the Longhorns in the semifinals on Friday.
Coleman and Mo Bamba both scored on layups in the final 40 seconds. Bamba's layup with six seconds left allowed Texas to press and forced Perkins' careless pass to midcourt that Osetkowski intercepted and led to Jones' tying 3-pointer.
Tillie and Johnathan Williams both finished with 10 points. The Bulldogs held on despite shooting just 33 percent in the second half.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs were fortunate to get the contributions they did from Hachimura. He'd never scored more than 12 points but was so good it didn't matter that Williams, Gonzaga's leading scorer, had more turnovers (5) than points (4) in the first 30 minutes. Hachimura was 7 of 14 shooting and added nine rebounds.
Texas: The Longhorns were hampered by long stretches of being unable to shoot. Texas had spurts in each half where it missed eight consecutive shots, part of the reason the Longhorns shot 39 percent for the game.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs host Incarnate Word on Wednesday.
Texas: The Longhorns host Florida A&M on Wednesday.
Gonzaga is getting ready to take on Texas for a chance at third place in the tournament at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
Interested to see how they respond after Friday nights thriller. pic.twitter.com/ZJ3TZYCbkF— Evan Closky (@KREMEvan) November 26, 2017
No. 17 Gonzaga Falls to No. 7 Florida in Double Overtime Thriller
PORTLAND, Ore. Jalen Hudson couldn't wait to get back to Florida's locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga.
Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the No. 7 Gators downed the No. 17 Bulldogs 111-105 on Friday night at the PK80 Invitational.
''We played really tough. We never quit. They made a lot of big plays, like huge plays, big shots, Hudson said. ''We just never quit, never folded. I just can't wait to get back to my guys. I know they're in there celebrating.''
We're all Mark Few after that one... pic.twitter.com/GaOEkx4tjp— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) November 25, 2017
Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 points and 10 assists for the Gators (5-0), who go on to face No. 1 Duke in the bracket championship on Sunday. The Blue Devils rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime earlier in the day.
Hudson hit a 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the second overtime that put the Gators up 106-99. Gonzaga closed within 106-102 on Johnathan Williams' layup, then within 109-105 on Corey Kispert's 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go, but couldn't get closer.
Williams finished with a career-high 39 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-1).
''This was like a Sweet 16, Elite 8 game right there,'' Bulldogs coach Mark Few said.
Florida coach Mike White agreed: ''Crazy game. What an unbelievable college basketball game.''
Gonzaga went up 78-76 on Josh Perkins' layup and free throw with 40.1 seconds left in regulation. KeVaughn Allen's layup tied it and the game went to overtime.
''We had several opportunities to fold and our guys were extremely resilient and tough,'' White said.
The crowd at the Moda Center was decidedly on the side of Gonzaga, which is about a 5 1/2-hour drive from Portland. Fans gave the team a standing ovation as they left the court at halftime with a 36-29 lead.
Killian Tillie finished with 17 points for Gonzaga before he fouled out in overtime. Josh Perkins also had 17, all in the second half, before also fouling out.
The Zags and Gators were among 16 teams playing in two brackets at the PK80, which celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.
Gonzaga and Florida were in the Motion Bracket, playing Friday at the Moda Center, home of the NBA's Trail Blazers.
Silas Melson's early 3-pointer that put Gonzaga in front 7-2 drew a roar from the crowd. Melson went to Portland's Jefferson High School.
Williams went on a personal 8-0 run, with a free throw, a dunk, a 3-pointer and a jumper to put Gonzaga up 27-23, and the Bulldogs went into halftime with a 36-29 lead.
Florida wrestled back the lead on Hudson's 3-pointer, which made it 42-41. Hudson, who had just four points in the first half, hit another 3 that pushed the lead to 53-49.
The teams also met last season over the Thanksgiving holiday in the AdvoCare Invitational. Gonzaga won 77-72 and went on to win the final 73-71 over Iowa State.
Overall, the Zags won two of the previous three meetings with the Gators.
Gonzaga: Gonzaga's starters were all averaging in double figures going into the game, and all finished Friday night in double figures. Corey Kispert had a career-high 15 points and Melson scored 12.
Florida: The Gators were picked to finish second in the SEC preseason media poll. ... The Gators averaged just over 100 points through their first four games. ... Allen finished with a season-high 23 points, and was 11 for 11 from the free throw line. .... Hudson attempted 12 3-pointers.
HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE: Gonzaga's enthusiastic fan base also turns out for Bulldogs road games at Portland, another member of the West Coast Conference. ''It got really loud. It was obviously a pro-Gonzaga crowd,'' White said.
Florida will face top-ranked Duke on Sunday.
Gonzaga will face Texas for third place on Sunday.
GONZAGA BLOWS BY OHIO STATE IN OPENING ROUND OF PK80 TOURNAMENT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Johnathan Williams had 21 points and No. 17 Gonzaga was boosted by an enthusiastic crowd during an 86-59 victory over Ohio State in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament Thursday night.
Josh Perkins added 20 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 4-0 after playing in last season's NCAA Tournament championship game.
Gonzaga advanced to face No. 7 Florida, which routed Stanford 108-87 earlier Thursday night. The Buckeyes (4-1) will face the Cardinal on Friday.
C.J. Jackson and Jae'Sean Tate each scored 12 points for Ohio State, which trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half as the Zags pulled away.
The tournament involves 16 teams playing in two brackets on Thanksgiving, Friday and Sunday, with a break on Saturday. The field also includes No. 4 Michigan State and defending NCAA Tournament champion North Carolina.
Dubbed the PK80, the tournament celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.
Gonzaga and Ohio State were in the Motion Bracket, playing Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Teams in the Victory Bracket played Thanksgiving Day at the adjacent Moda Center.
Gonzaga was coming off a 79-66 victory Saturday over Utah State. The Bulldogs have held 60 consecutive opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann is in his first season with the Buckeyes after three seasons at Butler, which is also in the Motion Bracket field.
Tate made all 10 of his shots from the floor and had a career-high 24 points to lead Ohio State to an 80-55 win against Northeastern on Sunday. He set a program record for the highest field-goal percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts.
The Buckeyes took an early 14-10 lead in this one on Jackson's 3 pointer, but Gonzaga responded with an 11-2 run to go up 21-16, capped by Perkins' 3.
Ohio State climbed back into it, pulling briefly in front 22-21 on Kam Williams' 3-pointer. It didn't last long and the Zags pushed their lead to 33-27 on Williams' dunk.
Perkins' 3-pointer at the end of the first half put the Gonzaga fans on their feet and the Bulldogs went into halftime with a 44-31 lead.
Zach Norvell Jr.'s layup midway through the second half pushed Gonzaga's lead to 65-43.
It was the second meeting between the teams. Ohio State defeated Gonzaga 73-67 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State: All of Ohio State's four victories were by double figures. ... The Buckeyes last played in Portland in the opening rounds of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. They beat VCU 75-72 in overtime before losing to Arizona 73-58.
Gonzaga: The Zags easily had the bigger crowd support, with Spokane about a 5½-hour drive from Portland. The fan base also turns out for Bulldogs' road games at Portland, another member of the West Coast Conference. ... Gonzaga had six players averaging in double figures going into the game.
Gonzaga will play No. 7 Florida (4-0), which beat Stanford 108-87 earlier Thursday night.
Ohio State plays Stanford (3-3).