Wichita State Shocks Gonzaga with Third-Round Upset
The ninth-seeded Wichita State Shockers have upset the nation's top-ranked team by a 76-70 margin. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the first No. 1 seed to fall in the 2013 tournament.
Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine boards in the losing cause, but couldn't outdo the hot-shooting Shockers. The Zags lost in spite of an astonishing 20 offensive rebounds against a team that ranked in the nation's top 30 on the glass in the regular season.
Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each had four of the Shockers' 14 three-pointers in tying for the team high with 16 points. Early and Carl Hall also combined for five blocks against the taller Gonzaga front line.
The win sends Wichita State to the Sweet 16, where it's guaranteed to face a fellow Cinderella candidate. The Shockers get the winner of 12th-seeded Ole Miss against 13th-seeded La Salle, meaning that a ninth seed (or lower) is guaranteed an Elite Eight spot.
Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 70 (FINAL)
Hard-earned win for Wichita State. It's hard to say enough about the clutch shots the Shockers hit when Gonzaga looked ready to put them away. WSU finishes a ridiculous 14-for-26 from beyond the arc.
Obviously, Gonzaga hates to go out so early, but it's not like they lost to a bad team. They just ran into a defense that managed to hold a .504 field-goal shooting team to .356 on this night.
Valiant effort by Olynyk, who finishes with 26 points and nine boards. Also credit to Pangos (19 points, five assists, three steals) and Mike Hart (career-high 14 rebounds) in the losing effort.
For the Shockers, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker tied for the lead with 16 points and four treys apiece. The bench outscored the starters for Wichita State, 50-26.
Now the defense gets three full days (not counting tomorrow) to prepare for either Ole Miss or La Salle. Both are daunting offenses, but certainly not in Gonzaga's league.
It would be no surprise at all if the Shockers made the Elite Eight, where they would probably face Ohio State. That would be a defensive battle to see.
Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 70 (FINAL)
And it's over. Gonzaga is done, Shockers go on to the Sweet 16.
Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 68 (0:13 second half)
Van Vleet again, needing only one to ice it, hits both. Terrific game for him.
Wichita State 74, Gonzaga 68 (0:13 second half)
Kevin Pangos splits two free throws, but time running very short.
Wichita State 74, Gonzaga 67 (0:15 second half)
Armstead hits two free throws, and that'll pretty much do it.
Wichita State 72, Gonzaga 67 (0:16 second half)
Drew Barham draws the loose-ball foul. Reserve is a .643 shooter from the line, and he misses both.
Wichita State 72, Gonzaga 67 (0:33 second half)
Carl Hall to the line, but he misses both. Zags still alive.
Wichita State 72, Gonzaga 67 (0:34 second half)
Pangos dashes right to the rim for the very quick score. Zags call timeout. Now it's up to the Wichita State free-throw shooters.
Wichita State 70, Gonzaga 65 (0:39 second half)
Zags give the foul to Van Vleet for the one-and-one.
Wichita State 70, Gonzaga 65 (0:44 second half)
Jump ball means Wichita State keeps possession. Officials with a long review to sort out time left on the shot clock. Gonzaga must have a defensive stop here.
Wichita State 70, Gonzaga 65 (1:18 second half)
Fred Van Vleet with another three-pointer. Everybody making plays in the clutch for Wichita State.
Wichita State 64, Gonzaga 63 (3:10 second half)
Foul on Mike Hart on the screen sends Ron Baker to the stripe. Two huge free throws to go back on top.
Wichita State 62, Gonzaga 61 (3:17 second half)
Carl Hall left alone for the jumper, puts the Shockers back on top. Might not last long, though. Elias Harris shooting two free throws after the TV timeout.
Gonzaga 61, Wichita State 60 (4:14 second half)
Mark Few with a timeout after Ron Baker hits the third trey in a row for Wichita State. Shockers now back to 50 percent: 12 of 24 from beyond the arc.
Gonzaga 61, Wichita State 57 (4:50 second half)
Each team with back-to-back three-pointers. Clutch, clutch, clutch.
Gonzaga 54, Wichita State 49 (7:55 second half)
Ehimen Orukpe misses the front end of a one-and-one. Shockers two for their last five free throws while they're trying to come from behind.
Yet another foul drawn by Olynyk on the other end, and he'll be at the line after the TV timeout. Olynyk already has more points on free throws (nine) than any Shocker except Cleanthony Early has in total.
Gonzaga 54, Wichita State 49 (9:08 second half)
Wichita State with the full-court press, giving Zags some problems. Mark Few calls timeout to draw up an answer.
If Zags can get six points or so in a row at this stage of the game, it'll be over. Danger zone for Shockers.
Gonzaga 49, Wichita State 45 (10:57 second half)
Tremendous sequence for Wichita State: Ron Baker trey, Cleanthony Early blocks Harris on the other end, then Carl Hall draws a foul and hits one of the free throws. Shockers needed that badly.
Gonzaga 49, Wichita State 41 (11:53 second half)
Carl Hall with the goaltend in transition. Shockers have been outscored 16-5 in the second half. Not much time left for their offense to recover, considering who they're up against.
Gonzaga 45, Wichita State 41 (12:35 second half)
Wichita State turnover followed by an Olynyk jump shot. 8-0 Gonzaga run, and Wichita State is in trouble.
Gonzaga 43, Wichita State 41 (13:30 second half)
Mike Hart nails the open three, and Gonzaga has its first lead since early in the first half. Gregg Marshall immediately calls timeout.
How will Wichita State respond now that Gonzaga's finally battled back?
Wichita State 41, Gonzaga 37 (14:30 second half)
Fred Van Vleet with the clutch play for Wichita state. Steal and a three-point play to extend the lead. That's a freshman guard coming off the bench and making an impact.
Wichita State 38, Gonzaga 37 (15:09 second half)
Kelly Olynyk second player to play a possession with one shoe tonight after Carl Hall did it in the first half. Don't see that every day.
Wichita State 38, Gonzaga 35 (16:30 second half)
Five team fouls on Wichita State already. Gonzaga free throw shooting could win this game by itself.
Wichita State 36, Gonzaga 34 (17:50 second half)
Gonzaga now with 13 points from the foul line. Shockers have attempted just two free throws all night.
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