The calendar might let you know it is nonetheless February, however the quantity of insanity witnessed on Saturday would have you ever pondering it is already March.
In what was unquestionably the largest day for upsets in faculty basketball historical past, No. 23 Saint Mary’s triumphed 67-57 over No. 1 Gonzaga, the ultimate domino to fall in an unbelievable slate wherein all the nation’s prime six groups misplaced on the identical day for the primary time in historical past.
Earlier than Gonzaga misplaced to Saint Mary’s, No. 2 Arizona noticed the courts stormed on them as they have been knocked off by Colorado. No. 3 Auburn was overwhelmed by No. 17 Tennessee on the street, and No. 4 Purdue misplaced in thrilling vogue to Michigan State. Proper earlier than Gonzaga tipped off, No. 5 Kansas misplaced to No. 10 Baylor, and earlier than that, No. 6 Kentucky was overwhelmed by No. 18 Arkansas. No. 9 Texas Tech additionally misplaced to TCU, making it seven of the nation’s prime 10 groups to lose.
Very similar to these video games, this one was no fluke; St. Mary’s commanded the sport from begin to end, as Gonzaga by no means held a lead. The Gaels got here out firing early, leaping out to an 8-0 lead within the opening minutes. The Bulldogs started to claw their approach again in, however the Gaels responded with a 12-0 run over three-plus minutes to say a 31-16 lead.
At halftime, St. Mary’s led by 15. Gonzaga trimmed it to 10 straight away popping out of the break, however St. Mary’s would not let it get a lot nearer than that. The Gaels stored the Bulldogs at an arm’s size till the ultimate minutes, when Andrew Nembhard hit a pair of free throws to attract them inside six factors with 2:17 left to play.
Sadly for them, it seems as if St. Mary’s had future on their facet. On the next possession, Kyle Bowen drilled an enormous three to place the Gaels again up by 9 and almost blow the roof off McKeon Pavilion.
Julian Strawther stole the ball and put in a layup with a minute left to make it a six-point recreation and St. Mary’s got here up empty the subsequent time down, however Gonzaga could not capitalize. Strawther was known as for a cost, sending the ball again the opposite approach and getting the followers out of their seats and down towards the court docket.
Gonzaga fouled Logan Johnson, and the senior nailed each free throws to principally wrap up the win. Strawther could not get a 3 to go, and Chet Holmgren fouled Alex Ducas who hit them each. Gonzaga missed one final shot for the sport, and the horn sounded and the St. Mary’s trustworthy got here storming onto the court docket.
Tommy Kuhse led St. Mary’s with 14 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists. Matthias Tass scored 13, Ducas added 10 and Johnson logged 10 factors and eight rebounds. Bowen had six factors, six rebounds and 4 assists.
Rasir Bolton was the sport and Gonzaga’s main scorer, ending with 16 factors. Nembhard had 15 factors and three steals, and Strawther had 14 factors and 7 boards. Drew Timme completed with six factors and eight rebounds and Holmgren logged six factors, 4 blocks and 6 boards.