Party like it's 1999

March 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Zags took down the UCLA Bruins 74-62 in the Sweet Sixteen to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history since 1999. 

"Gonzaga wore down 11-seed UCLA 74-62 to advance to its second Elite Eight in program history. It was a tale of two halves Friday in NRG Stadium as the Zags controlled the interior en route to opening up a second half lead that stretched to 19.

The first half featured an elongated adjustment period in the cavernous stadium with the capacity to seat over 71,000 fans. UCLA and GU combined to shoot just 37 percent in the first half, including only two connections on jump shots. The Zags offense, most efficient in the country, relied on stellar ball control resulting in a single turnover to take a 35-29 lead into the locker room..."

- Riley Peschon

continued at: http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/online/article_e7a9bd86-d4f6-11e4-93f4-1715fbcb2884.html

Here is my take from the game:

-RS

 

Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaThe Gonzaga men's basketball team is seen during the national anthem prior to their game against UCLA at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaA Gonzaga fan is seen during the Zags warmups prior to their game against UCLA at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaMark Few, head coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, calls out a defensive assignment to one of his players in their game against UCLA during their Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Norman Powell(4) blocks Gonzaga’s Byron Wesley(22) shot in the first half of play during a Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer(33) grabs a rebound over UCLA’s Tony Parker(23) in the first half of play in the Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Norman Powell(4) does a spin-move between Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski(24) and Gary Bell, Jr.(5) to get to the basket in the first half of play in a Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaMark Few, head coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, addresses his team during a time-out in their game against UCLA in a Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Norman Powell(4) puts up a shot over Gonzaga’s Kyle Dranginis(3) and Kyle Wiltjer(33) in the first half of play in a Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer(33) celebrates with teammate Silas Melson(0) in the first half of play against UCLA in a Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaA UCLA cheerleader and the UCLA mascot react to Steve Alford, head coach of the UCLA Bruins, in their Sweet 16 game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kevin Pangos(4) and Kyle Wiltjer(33) celebrate their teams' play as they return to the bench in the first half of play in the Sweet 16 against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Kevon Looney(5) shoots a lay-up after beating the Zags' defense to the basket during the first half of their Sweet 16 game in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaA Gonzaga cheerleader tries to energize the crowd during a break in play of the Zags' Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga fans cheer on their team during their Sweet 16 game against the UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Tony Parker(23) and Kevon Looney(5) try to track down a rebound that went over their heads against Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Isaac Hamilton(10) tries to secure a loose ball through contact from Gonzaga’s Byron Wesley(22) during their Sweet Sixteen game in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Tony Parker(23) loses the ball while trying to get past Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski(24) in their Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Tony Parker(23) goes up for a shot through the Gonzaga Bulldogs during Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer(33) looks across the huddle during a time-out in their Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaA Gonzaga fan holds up a sign during the Bulldogs' Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaFans in the NRG Arena are hit with a spot of sun through a crack in the curtains that blocked off seating in the arena during the Gonzaga-UCLA Sweet Sixteen game in the NCAA Tournament in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer(33) puts up a floater in the key over the UCLA Defense in their Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kevin Pangos(4) shoots a three-pointer over UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton(10) during Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis(11) goes for the ball through UCLA’s Kevon Looney(5) during Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis(11) pleads with Mark Few, head coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, during their Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga cheerleaders perform during a break in play of the Bulldogs' Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga fans wave signs as they cheer on the Bulldogs against UCLA in their Sweet Sixteen game in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis(11) stares down UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton(10) after dunking in the second half of play in their Sweet Sixteen game of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kyle Dranginis(3) watches the ball go out of bounds past him for a UCLA turnover during Sweet Sixteen play in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Kevin Pangos(4) celebrates teammate Przemek Karnowski’s behind-the-back assist in the second half of play against the UCLA Bruins during Sweet Sixteen play in the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaUCLA’s Bryce Alford(20) dishes the ball to UCLA’s Tony Parker(23) in the second half of play against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski(24) walks towards his bench celebrating the Zags lead and momentum towards the end of the second half in their win over UCLA in Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis(11) tries to get to the basket through UCLA’s Thomas Welsh(40) during Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaSteve Alford, head coach of the UCLA Bruins, cheers on his team against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Sweet Sixteen play of the NCAA Tournament at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications) Final Score: 74-62, GonzagaFinal Score: 74-62, GonzagaGonzaga’s Eric McClellan hugsRem Bakamus(15) as the Bulldogs celebrate their win over UCLA to advance to the Elite 8 at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX, Friday, March 27, 2015. (Ryan Sullivan/Gonzaga Student Publications)

 


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