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Gonzaga vs. WVU: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017

Gonzaga vs. WVU: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017

Sometimes you can pass and sometimes you don't need to, and the West Virginia Mountaineers elected to go with the latter on the final possession of their season. Most teams don't have double-digit offensive rebounding numbers for an entire game.

By the end of the night in Kansas City, the building was chanting "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" and Kansas had a new school record for the most points in its the first NCAA Tournament games. Gonzaga only shot 37.5 percent (9-24) in the 1st half, but Johnathan Williams was a ideal 4-for-4 and scored 11 points. Gonzaga does a tremendous job of playing help defense, denying the open space on the floor and forcing opponents to shoot over top from outside.

No. 1-seed Gonzaga advanced and will face No. 2-seed Arizona/No. 11-seed Xavier in the Elite Eight.

Carter made a 3 for WVU, but Karnowski backed a defender down for 20 or so feet and scored calmly inside and then swished a jumper from near the free-throw line. The West Virginia teams the Zags have played in the past few years don't really resemble this West Virginia team much at all (outside of that trademark physical play). "So I know it has to hurt a lot, probably more than it hurt me". Gonzaga turned the ball over 16 times, shot just 40 percent from the field and allowed the Mountaineers to grab 41 offensive rebounds. By the time it was over, the Mountaineers led by three points despite shooting below 30 percent from the field. West Virginia got three cracks at it and each one was worse than the last.

Gonzaga took care of business in the Sweet 16, 61-58, but it wasn't without some adversity.

The Mountaineers are three-point underdogs according to the boys in Las Vegas, and oddsmakers have the Bulldogs fourth on the list of teams most likely to win the NCAA title, with WVU all the way down in the tenth spot.

Carter hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining to give West Virginia a 58-55 lead before Williams-Goss made two free throws with 1:31 left to make it 58-57. Frank Mason III was in total Player of the Year mode with 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting with seven assists and seven rebounds, and Devonte Graham added 26 of his own thanks to five three-pointers.

Williams-Goss had other ideas.

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From there, West Virginia had three shots over its final few possessions- miss, miss, miss - before not getting off a final prayer as the clock expired and sent Gonzaga to within 40 minutes of exorcising those demons.

Mathews, Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams all had 13 points to lead the Bulldogs.

From border to border - and here in Central West Virginia - residents will take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of life to root for the home team tonight.

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Nathan Adrian #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drives to the basket against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California.

What: Gonzaga vs. West Virginia in the Sweet 16.

"I think the gap's going to get bigger and bigger", he predicted. The ball took another bounce toward the baseline and an outstretched Adrian tossed it back in play.

Mathews went just 4-of-12 from the floor Thursday, but his final attempt made the difference as his 3-pointer gave the Zags a lead they would not relinquish. In the end, Gonzaga will advance to the Elite 8 and in the process, end the season for the Mountaineers.

After romping over Iona 93-77 in the opener, OR was pushed to the limit by 11th seeded Rhode Island as it had to rally from a 10-point deficit in the second half for a 75-72 victory.

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