NCAA issues statement on non-goaltending call in Gonzaga-Northwestern game

  • NCAA issues statement on non-goaltending call in Gonzaga-Northwestern game

NCAA issues statement on non-goaltending call in Gonzaga-Northwestern game

When the replays were shown, it was clear that Zach Collins had reached up through the rim to block the shot.

Northwestern's coach was livid over the missed call and ran onto the court in protest.

Fellow No. 1 seed Gonzaga, helped by a blown call that the NCAA acknowledged was wrong but led to a technical foul on a furious Chris Collins of Northwestern, barely survived a charge from the underdog Wildcats.

Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs with his play, creating havoc on both ends and single handedly equalling the output of Northwestern at the three minute mark of the first half with 12 points. But there's no way that, with five minutes remaining in the game, that value came anywhere close to the value of the two points Gonzaga scored on the technical free throws. And just remember that, if you're a sports fan reading this, this is probably what you looked like while watching your favorite team at age 11, too.

If Gonzaga was really going to move, it would have more in common with teams in a conference such as the Big East, where having a football team is not a prerequisite to joining.

Among the crowds of 16,952 and 18,565 that attended the Cats' games against Vanderbilt and Gonzaga, respectively, fans wearing all shades and variations of NU apparel packed their assigned cheering section and scattered throughout the rest of the arena. "They delivered when we needed them to. We just came up a little bit short". "Yes, I believe we had a great chance to win if the correct call was made".

Unfortunately, time ran out on Northwestern's Cinderella story. Gonzaga speed, inside scoring with their bigs, and dictating the flow and temple of the game was what got them the win. The guy puts his hand through the rim. They made the calls, it is what it is.

The Wildcats were the victims of a bad non-call Saturday by officials who missed an obvious goaltending violation on a shot by center Dererk Pardon.

The team as a whole could not have given more in the second period to overcome a deficit that at one point ballooned to as high as 22 points in the first half, but it was Law's individual effort which truly showcased the turnaround. Then on the other end, Scottie Lindsey blocked Williams-Goss shot.

If the game were a fight, they would have stopped it in the first half.

Northwestern guard Sanjay Lumpkin said the Zags remind him of Purdue due to their shooting ability and size "we face a lot with both (6-9 Caleb) Swanigan and (7-2 Isaac) Haas".

SALT LAKE CITY-The NCAA Tournament's West Region is all wrapped up after Arizona men's basketball defeated Saint Mary's in Saturday's second round game in Salt Lake City. One of the most storied team in the tourney Northwestern faces top seed Gonzaga. "Kind of a rough call toward the end there, but it was a good season".

Earlier in the second half, Collins blunted a Northwestern rally with two straight three-point plays on the low block.