Zags Battle into Overtime at #3 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gonzaga's No. 9/8 men's basketball team battled third-ranked Arizona right to the finish in a 66-63 overtime loss in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday afternoon.
Kyle Wiltjer led the Zags with 15 points, while Kevin Pangos had eight points and six assists. Center Prezemk Karnowski was a force in the paint for Gonzaga with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting.
For Arizona, Brandon Ashley had 14 points and T.J. McConnell had 12, including all six Wildcat points in the overtime period.
The defensive battle that had taken place the entire game continued at the end of regulation and into the overtime period. Gonzaga had an opportunity at the end of the second half to break a 60-60 tie, but a shot from corner from Wiltjer was off the mark.
Then in the overtime, a Pangos three-pointer pulled GU to within one point at 64-63. After a pair of McConnell free throws, Gonzaga got the ball back but was unable to cash in after Byron Wesley was fouled on a three-pointer.
In the first half and well into the second, Gonzaga controlled the action, answering each short Wildcat run with a bucket to maintain a lead. Arizona led at 15-14 early in the game, but never led again until the extra fram.
Gonzaga did most of its damage inside, getting into the lane and crashing for offensive rebounds.
The Zags pushed the lead to 60-54 on a putback by Wiltjer, but Arizona fought back, tying it on a jumper by Ashley with 1:25 left.
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs were playing their first matchup of top-10 teams since losing 83-74 at Memphis in 2005. ... Gonzaga played without freshman point guard Josh Perkins, who broke his jaw against Georgia in the NIT semifinals.
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