Zags Gut It Out

BOSTON -- Gonzaga earned a well-deserved 85-82 win with a 11-8 closing run over the game's final three minutes to put away the not-quite-there-yet UConn Huskies.

The Huskies did not go quietly as AJ Price nearly banked in a three-pointer with 21.6 seconds left and was fouled on the attepmt. He proceeded to hit two of three fouls to cut the lead to 82-80, a mad scramble for the rebound ensued and a tie up gave the ball to the Zags. Austin Daye was fouled on the in-bounds and the freshman calmly hit two free throws for his third and fourth points of the game (all from the line). Daye returned to the line with 4.2 seconds left and sank one of two to keep the lead at three points. A last second attempt to tie by A.J. Price for the ties barely touched rim and the Zags escaped.

The road weary Zags will no return home for in-state rival Washington State on Wednesday the 5th. UConn hosts Northeastern on Thursday at Gampel Pavillion.

UConn led 75-74 with 3:23 left but never again after a Pargo reverse layup with 3:00 left put the Zags up, 76-75.
Pargo was named the game's MVP with 23 points, five assists and four rebounds in 40 minutes.

Price led the Huskies with 24 points. Micah Downs had 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Gonzaga.

. . . Kuso fouled out with 2:45 left in the game, finishing with no points and one rebound. He came in averaging 9 and 4.

Thabeet then fouled out on a fairly questionable call where Pendergraft got entangled with the big fella with 2:05 left. He finished with six points and five rebounds. he came in averaging 10.5 and just under 10 boards. Pendergraft made one of two free throws and then Gonzaga got the offensive board that led to a Pargo jumper and a 79-76 lead.

. . . We'll work the post-game interviews and then be back with you for the tip of the nightcap between Providence and Boston College.

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