Gonzaga holds off Northwestern to advance in men's tourney

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However, Collins got to take two foul shots for Gonzaga.

Top-seeded Gonzaga fought off a insane Wildcats comeback for a 79-73 victory Saturday night with help from an untimely technical foul on Wildcats coach Chris Collins. Head coach Chris Collins received a technical with less than five minutes left while looking for a goaltending call that never came. The NCAA released a statement following the game that confirmed the officiating crew erred in not calling goaltending.

One fan became a viral internet meme for his reaction to a string of calls throughout the game.

Nothing about the outcome can be changed now, though. And on Saturday, with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line, they learned just how hard it is to knock off a No. 1-seed. "But it's an honest mistake".

"There were a lot of times during the season where we could have just laid down and not have made it this far, but we knew what we wanted to do and wanted to fight through it", he said.

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"To have people kind of jump on our backs like that was awesome", said Northwestern forward Nathan Taphorn, sitting by his locker. The Wildcats forced 11 second-half turnovers.

"I thought we were shell-shocked early, " Collins said.

"We've just got to come into practice today, work on free throws, work on executing, less turnovers, and get the game plan down for Xavier", FSU guard Dwayne Bacon said.

The result was a sight that almost brought coach Chris Collins to tears when he first walked onto the court Thursday, and again later in the press conference following the dramatic win over Vanderbilt. And the story of the game was the first half.

"I was trying to find something different", he said of playing without an undershirt.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions in the East region. They were limiting Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins, each miles better than any Northwestern big man.

One Division I coach who requested anonymity, in fact, actually sent a text to a USA TODAY Sports reporter midway through the second half: "I like Chris, but can't believe he hasn't gotten a T". "And they just had kind of a spirit of a victor, and we talked about that at halftime".

Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 24 points, matching a season high. Oh, and you're also going to be a meme for the next five to 10 years. Williams-Goss tallied 14 points in the first half to lead the way.

Consider that on a Saturday in mid-March, Northwestern woke up as the talk of college basketball. It the end of their dream season but the Wildcats didn't go down without a fight.

Law's second half success occurred within the same incomplete framework, but this time just happened to produce the success of the Butler, Michigan State or Michigan games. The win moves WVU into the sweet sixteen in San Jose next week.

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"The cornerstone of our program is never quitting", said Law.

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