Buzzer-Beater sinks Huskies' angry bid against # 1 Gonzaga - KOMO News

Buzzer-Beater sinks Huskies' angry bid against # 1 Gonzaga - KOMO News

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – In the final seconds of a tie, Gonzaga's guard spiked Josh Perkins to a place where he could pass the ball.

He discovered Rui Hachimura near the free throw line.

"They left Rui open where he is automatically," Perkins said.

Hachimura sunk a turnaround jumper 0.6 seconds before relegation and clinched the top Bulldogs on Wednesday night with 81-79 victory over Washington rival Washington.

Hachimura scored 26 points for Gonzaga (9-0), who has won 12 of his last 13 games against the Huskies.

"We wanted Rui to do the shot in this situation," said teammate Zach Norvell Jr .. "He shoots that shot a lot."

Washington missed a half-pitch attempt as the last buzzer sounded.

Norvell finished 14 points, Corey Kispert added 13, and Brandon Clarke scored 10 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga, who fought against Washington's zone defense.

"It's a handful," said Mark Few, Zags coach. "They adapt really well."

Jaylen Nowell scored 26 for Washington (6-3), which was in the top 25 in the preseason, before he lost to 8th Auburn. Matisse Thybulle added 18 points.

"We did a good job in the second half, slowing down the game and finding the offensive player," said Mike Hopkins, Washington coach. "We have shown a lot of heart and a lot of tenacity."

The Bulldogs were kept well below their seasonal average of 98 points per game, which came second in the nation.

Hachimura, a junior from Japan who leads the team, scored 18 points, Gonzaga took over the 40-30 mid-term.

Washington shot only 39 percent in the first period, while Gonzaga shot 41 percent and all ten free throws dropped.

Washington opened the second half with a 12-2 run, and Nowell's 3-pointer tied the score at 42. Nowell followed up with another 3 for a 45-42 lead when Gonzaga made just one of his first 11 shots in the second ,

Gonzaga responded with a 7-0 run for an advantage of 49: 45.

The teams exchanged a lot of baskets and a pair of Clarke gave Gonzaga a 65-58 lead.

Nowell's basket fell to 79-75 with one minute left, and Thybuller's bucket reduced the deficit to two.

Nowell went with 9.4 seconds before the end of the free throw line and sank with two hits to 79 points, which Hachimura's dramatic shot had the stage.

Washington surpassed the Zags 49-41 in the second half.

"We probably did not get enough stops in the end," said Norvell.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A clutch victory against a good team should benefit the Zags.

FREE THROWS

Gonzaga was 19 out of 19 out of the free throw line, while Washington was 14 of 15.

TOUGH SHOTS

Gonzaga shot just 42.9 percent out of the field, while Washington scored 47.5 percent in a robust game.

BIG PICTURE

Washington: The Huskies kept their previous six opponents below 70 points. … Thybulle was the only player in the nation with an average of at least 2.5 blocks and 2.8 steals per game. … Noah Dickerson has averaged 20 points in his last four games. … The Huskies averaged seven blocks per game, but got only three in that game.

Gonzaga: The Zags are 36-18 against members of the Pac-12 under Few. … Gonzaga came into play with four on average double-digit starters and two more than eight points per game.

NEXT

Washington is hosting rival Seattle in Seattle on Sunday.

Gonzaga gets a big test when he plays No. 7 Tennessee in Phoenix on Sunday.

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