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West Virginia Unable To Take Down Gonzaga

March 23, 2016

 
NCAA Regional Semifinal - East Region
  1 2 FINAL
West Virginia 30 28 58
Gonzaga 30 31 61
 
 Quick Stats WVU GONZ
Points 58 61
FG Made - Attempted 16-60 18-44
FG Percentage .267 .409
3PT Made - Attempted 5-23 4-10
3PT Percentage .217 .400
FT Made - Attempted 21-29 21-32
FT Percentage .724 .656
Rebounds 41 34
Turnovers 13 16
 
 Statistical Leaders
West Virginia Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Jevon Carter 21 7 0 1 1
 Daxter Miles, Jr. 7 10 1 3 0
Gonzaga Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Przemek Karnowski 13 5 2 1 0
 Nigel Williams-Goss 10 7 2 3 1
 
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.

On a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets, Mathews delivered the big shot that sent the Bulldogs (35-1) to their third Elite Eight in school history.

It didn't come easily. West Virginia (29-8) had three shots to tie the game but Tarik Phillip missed a shot from the lane and Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers after Silas Melson made one foul shot. The Mountaineers rebound both misses but couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.

Despite shooting 26.7 percent for the game, West Virginia stayed close and took a 58-55 lead on a 3-pointer by Carter with 1:47 to play. Nigel Williams-Goss answered with two free throws.

After Daxter Miles Jr. missed two fouls shots and Nathan Adrian was blocked by Josh Perkins on the putback, Williams-Goss found Mathews in the corner for the open 3-pointer that proved the game-winner.

Mathews, Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams all had 13 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Carter led the Mountaineers with 21 points.

The game was tied at 30 after a first half that was far from an aesthetic masterpiece with 27 fouls and just 16 baskets. The teams combined for 29 percent shooting, including 2 for 16 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs created some space early in the second when Mathews hit 3s on consecutive trips and added a free throw for a four-point play on the second to make it 41-34. But the Mountaineers fought back and the game stayed tight until the end.

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