NCAA Tournament 2018, UNC-Greensboro vs Gonzaga

NCAA Tournament 2018, UNC-Greensboro vs Gonzaga

When fourth-seeded Gonzaga faces No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro on Thursday in the first round of the West Region at Boise, Idaho, the Zags might have flashbacks to their former Cinderella days.

The No. 13 seed Spartans lead 64-62 with under two minutes to play, but couldn't ward off the Bulldogs, who reached the national championship game last season.

Norvell may not have the on-court tournament experience that Perkins has, but he was around for last season's run.

UNCG was playing in the tournament for the first time since 2001. The Zags lead the Spartans in every category except for defensive efficiency, in which UNC-Greensboro leads with 0.914 over Gonzaga's 0.937. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro nearly knocked off No. 4 Gonzaga.

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Things opened up in the second, and behind Alonso and Demetrius (16 points each), UNCG chipped away, finally taking the lead on Jordy Kuiper's tip-in at the 1:48 mark.

Four players are averaging at least 8.5 points per game for UNC Greensboro, they are Francis Alonso (15.6), Marvin Smith (12.3), James Dickey (8.9) and Isaiah Miller (8.5).

But Gonzaga finished with the game's final six points - and a new name on its ever-growing list of playmakers.

After staving off the upset, Gonzaga now awaits the victor of Ohio State and South Dakota State. Totals 28-67 5-10 64. The Spartans fought back and held a brief lead before a Josh Perkins long 2-pointer tied it at 64-64 with 56 seconds remaining.

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