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Top seed Gonzaga survives the scare – CBS Baltimore

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Drew Timme gathered his Gonzaga teammates midway through, pointed to the scoreboard showing 10 points at halftime for the top seed and expressed a few choice words.

Timme’s goal is to spark his teammates with words. He also did that with his game on the field.

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Or as Memphis coach Penny Hardaway puts it, “the Drew Timme effect worked.”

Timme scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and Gonzaga rebounded from a 10-point shortfall at halftime to beat 9th seed Memphis 82-78 on Saturday night in the second round of NCAA Award.

Having lost only in the first half for the fourth time this season, Gonzaga relied on his star juniors to reach a seventh straight Sweet 16. The Bulldogs (28-3) will face fourth seed Arkansas in the semi-final. West region finish on Thursday in San Francisco. .

“What I was saying is, no matter what happens, whatever the score, win or lose, this could very well be the last 20 minutes of basketball you’ve ever played and come out with no regrets.” Timme recalled.

It was the G-rated version. But his point was made and the Bulldogs responded.

Andrew Nembhard added 23 points, Rasir Bolton scored 17 and Gonzaga never took the lead after a shot from Timme and three points from Bolton with 10 minutes remaining, 61-57.

Timme made 10 of 16 shots and won 14 rebounds.

“The way we fought in the second half, I think we were more ourselves,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “And then we did a great job in time making all of our late-game stuff.”

Memphis (November 22) did not leave despite Gonzaga’s surge. The Tigers pulled even at 66 on DeAndre Williams’ basket. After Nembhard 3 put the Bulldogs up to 76-69, the Tigers continued their one-owning game with 32 seconds remaining on Lester Quinones’ 3-pointer.

Nembhard, Gonzaga’s only consistent free throw of the night, made four fouls in the final 25 seconds.

“We’ve been there long enough. But we couldn’t get the shots, we couldn’t get the stops, and they did,” Hardaway said.

Williams scored 14 points for Memphis but took a seat in the second half with a foul. Tyler Harris had 11 of 13 points in the first half and the Quinones finished with 10.

The match between future NBA lottery picks Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga and Jalen Duren of Memphis never materialized because of the foul. Duren finished with seven points and seven rebounds but played only 19 minutes and sat for more than 10 minutes of the second half after fouling the fourth.

Holmgren had nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks before fouling in the final seconds.

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For a while, Memphis looked poised and able to spoil what was essentially a Gonzaga house game, a six-hour drive from its campus. Memphis dominated the latter half of the first half and led 41-31 at half-time as nervous energy flooded Moda Center.

“We knew we could go out there and play with those guys,” Williams said. “The crowd came in, they were resilient. They played together. They are ready. And as the coach said, they showed us prestige. ”

Timme boomed to start the second half, scoring the first 11 points for the Bulldogs and in the process helping land Duren and Williams in trouble. Timme knocked out a 3-pointer, hit a pair of difficult jumpers and scored in a smooth baseline reversal to erase a large portion of Memphis’ halftime lead.

From there, he received help from Bolton and Nembhard. This trio combined to create 42 of Gonzaga’s 51 points in the second half.

“I just want to push my team in moments like that,” Nembhard said. “I know they have absolute faith in me, the coaching staff have absolute confidence in me too, so I just want to go on and create games like that for us.”

INTERIOR OF TIMME

Timme became the third player to have at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 60% shots in past NCAA tournaments.

Drew Timme #2 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after taking a second-half shot against the Memphis Tigers in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Moda Center on March 19, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Drew Timme #2 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after taking a second-half shot against the Memphis Tigers in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Moda Center on March 19 in Portland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal in 1992 and Blake Griffin in 2009 are the other two.

BIG PICTURE

Memphis: The Season of the Tigers started with high expectations and ended with an impressive performance against Gonzaga. The Tigers will likely look a lot different next season with Duren expected to make it to the NBA. Freshman Emoni Bates can follow.

Gonzaga: Freestyle shooting continues to be a big concern for Bulldogs. Gonzaga won 13 with 24 at the wire after going 16 with 30 in the first round against Georgia State.

“These guys all had better nights than them at the free-throw line,” few said. “They don’t shoot them well here. Thank God we have Andrew. ”

NEXT

Zags will face the Razorbacks in the round of 16. The last time Gonzaga failed to make it to the Round of 16 Sweet was in 2014 as the 8th seed.

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