Gonzaga beats Southern 64-58

Gonzaga beats Southern 64-58

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Forward Elias Harris #20 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs dunks while guard Derrick Rodgers #15 and forward Jake Ehlers #11 of the Portland Pilots look on during the first half of the game at McCarthey Athletic Center on March 2, 2013 in Spokane, Washington.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 6:27 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A March Madness warm-up turned into a great escape for Gonzaga.

The Zags got pushed to the limit by Southern on Thursday, pulling out a 64-58 victory in the closing minutes to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 in the NCAA tournament. Kelly Olynyk led the Zags (32-2) with 21 points.

They play No. 9 Wichita State on Saturday.

But it was a pair of 3-pointers -- one by Gary Bell Jr., the next by Kevin Pagnos -- that staked the Bulldogs to a 62-58 lead only moments after the game was tied at 56 with 3:45 left.

Derick Beltran had 21 points to lead Southern (23-10) and his 14-foot baseline jumper tied it at 56.

But the Jaguars from the Southwestern Athletic Conference didn't make another field goal. No. 1 seeds are now 113-0 against 16s

 

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