Jordan Mathews' go-ahead 3-pointer propels Gonzaga into the Elite Eight

After WVU's Nathan Adrian secured the board and dished the ball back to Carter, he dribbled for about 11 seconds before beginning to attempt a 37-footer, realizing he was too heavily guarded, and passing to Daxter Miles Jr., who flung the ball hopelessly at the rim after the clock had expired.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few chose to shake up his defense in the first half of the Bulldogs' 61-58 win over West Virginia on Thursday.

Carter is WVU's leading scorer and, seeing as he shot 4-9 from behind the arc, you'd want him to be taking the game-winning shot; he certainly wanted to take it.

Finally, with the Arizona Wildcats facing off against the Xavier Musketeers, Alonzo Trier couldn't deliver a game-winner for the Wildcats despite helping carry the team to this point. That was not a good ending.

"We're all tough guys", Macura said. Jordan Mathews, finishing with a team-high 13 points (tied with two other players), hit the go-ahead 3-pointer for Gonzaga with under a minute to go.

South Dakota State managed to shoot just 31 percent from the floor in a 66-46 loss to Gonzaga in the opening round, and Northwestern needed a furious second-half rally to shoot 40.9 percent before the Zags pulled out a 79-73 victory.

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The Mountaineers did press virtually all game, but the Bulldogs had little trouble with it. Williams-Goss and Mathews, both superb ball handlers, repeatedly broke the press on the dribbles.

Granted, those Gonzaga bigs did influence a lot of shots. Gonzaga freshman center Zach Collins has averaged 10.3 points per game on 65 percent shooting. The Mountaineers shot 16 of 60 (26.7 percent) from the floor and missed 18 of 23 3-point attempts. He drained a three and picked up his 11 point to give the Zags a 21-16 lead at the 7:45 mark. The Bulldogs are 1-1 in the past two. The Mountaineers rebound both misses but couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.

Carter made a 3 for WVU, but Karnowski backed a defender down for 20 or so feet and scored calmly inside and then swished a jumper from near the free-throw line. Tarik Phillip missed a shot of the glass and Melson converted on one of from the line on the other end to put the Bulldogs up 61-58.

WVU's Sagaba Konate got open in the middle of a 2-3 zone and passed down low to Miles, and he returned the ball to Konate, who dunked for a 49-47 lead. However, the Mountaineers secured rebounds and reset up top with around 10 seconds left for one final shot as they had no remaining timeouts. Esa Ahmad also was hit with two fouls in the first 10 minutes, though the first came on a blocking call when he appeared to have position established on Johnathan Williams' drive.

Xavier has made two previous Elite Eight appearances, the last coming in 2008, when Miller was the head coach and Chris Mack was one of his assistants. And, amazingly, Williams-Goss comes up huge on defense after putting up one of the worst games of his season.

WVU led by as much as 15 in the first half, then saw Bucknell close the gap to 36-33. He's scored 20 or more points in six straight games, a stretch that has seen Pac-12 player of the year Dillon Brooks struggle with his shot. He was fouless in the first half.

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