This Gonzaga team went where no other Gonzaga team had been before, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Williams-Goss tried to lead the Zags back despite spraining his right ankle late in the game, but couldn't get the lift he needed to get off a shot with 16 second left.
But Williams-Goss almost carried Gonzaga home by himself.
Good morning! North Carolina beat Gonzaga, 71-65, on Monday night to win the NCAA men's basketball championship. I'm not trying to blow my opponent up.
"I mean, if I could have I would've taken a picture and shown you all the bruising I had on my ankle", Berry said. It's all about the next thing. I think this group was tough enough tonight..
Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga's 7-foot-1, 300-pound wall of a center, had to dance around foul trouble most of the second half as well, leaving Gonzaga unable to effectively initiate its inside-out game. It took all the rhythm out of the game and played a pretty big role in why neither team was able to find a groove offensively. Collins finished with seven points and nine rebounds while being limited to 14 minutes. He nailed a hard shot; if you'll recall, Hicks bricked about as easy of a layup as you'll see in the beginning of the OR game. I'm sitting over there, I'm not thinking the officials are doing a bad job. "But I'm hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time".
Berry, along with most of Coach Roy Williams' players, returned for another run. "I told them don't worry about what the referee is doing, he missed a call, but, my God, we missed four free throws in a row, missed layups. So we were at fault just as much as anybody else".
The officiating in Monday's game, especially in the second half, was very bad.
Despite their No. 1 seed coming into the tournament, Gonzaga had never made the Final Four before this year.
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Berry launched the ball up the floor to Jackson, who dunked it home, giving UNC a five-point lead with 12 seconds left.
"At the end of the day I can't do anything but praise Him and thank Him for the abilities that He gave me and the abilities He gave this team", Jackson said. "That was the most important thing", said #32 Luke Maye. So nobody made me aware of it, or I certainly would have within the last minute there or two minutes. I swear to goodness, that's not what I'm thinking.
UNC entered halftime down three points to the Bulldogs, who were making their first appearance in the NCAA title game, but came out with a hot start to take an early second-half lead. But the Tar Heels out-hustled Gonzaga on defense down the stretch, proving to be the hungrier team.
And one more, just to be on the safe side since, you know, the national championship and all.
"I think it was good for the Zags to get to the national championship game", Williams-Goss said while fighting back tears during the post-game news conference. We came out here and we competed.
North Carolina's reserves up front include 6-9 senior Isaiah Hicks and 6-11 freshman Tony Bradley.
North Carolina turned a free-throw shooting contest into its sixth national championship, washing away a year's worth of heartache.