Gonzaga-UCLA NCAA updates: The Bulldogs win 72-64, sending the Bruins home
No. 11 seed UCLA never pulled it together to keep Gonzaga away, giving the Bulldogs their second-ever entry into the NCAA Elite Eight. Gonzaga will take on whoever survives Friday night’s Duke-Utah contest. The Bruins are on their way home.
Another not-so-Sweet 16 for UCLA
UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year under Coach Steve Alford, and again it ended there.
This time, Gonzaga ended the Bruins' season, 74-62.
UCLA had no answer for Przemek Karnowski, the Bulldogs' 7-foot center, who scored a game-high 18 points and took over the game in the second half after UCLA cut Gonzaga's lead to a point.
Norman Powell, in his final game as a Bruin, had 16 points, as did Tony Parker.
The game was also the final performance of UCLA broadcaster Chris Roberts, the "Voice of the Bruins" for 23 seasons. He is retiring.
Why is ANYONE still taking an outside shot in this game?
Gonzaga, which leads, 57-43, is two for 17 from three-point range.
UCLA is 0 for 8.
Sure looking like it
Karnowski is the big difference for Gonzaga
As long as the money-grubbing NCAA puts basketball games in airport hangar-like football stadiums, there are going to be ugly games like today's South regional semifinal in Houston between UCLA and Gonzaga.
And the team with the stronger inside game is going to have a big advantage.
Today, that team in Gonzaga -- because of Przemek Karnowski.
The 7-footer from Poland is becoming more of a force as the game goes on.
His play sparked a 12-0 Gonzaga run after UCLA had trimmed a seven-point Bulldogs' halftime lead to a point.
Then Coach Mark Few gave him a rest -- and UCLA immediately scored, for the first time in more than five minutes.
Karnowski was then brought back in -- and immediately scored on a short hook shot.
Gonzaga has its biggest lead of the game, 51-37, with 11 minutes left to play.