Gonzaga dodges upset-minded UNC Greensboro, advances to second round

Gonzaga is back, looking to take the final step to a title

Gonzaga, the 4-seed in the West Region, got a 3-pointer from Zach Norvell with 20.9 seconds to break a tie with the 13th-seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans.

Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th straight year, though that's not the mission anymore for the Zags. Gonzaga vs UNC Greensboro live stream is on TNT. In the rematch, the Buckeyes will have to devise a plan for Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins, who went for 20 points, four assists, and two steals in 32 minutes in the first game. Greensboro had so many chances to close the deal.

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. The team's leading scorers, guard Francis Alonso and forward Marvin Smith, were held to a combined 13 points on 3-for-18 shooting in the title game, but the Spartans' stingy defense proved to be the difference. That's a formula for an upset, especially when UNC-Greensboro sophomore forward James Dickey (10 points) got going late. Defensively, Gonzaga yields 67.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

NEXT UP: Gonzaga: Saturday against the victor of Ohio State-South Dakota State.

That turnover, UNCG's 13th of the game, led to the Perkins basket, and Gonzaga finished the game scoring the final six points. (12.2), Rui Hachimura (11.3) and Silas Melson (9.5).

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