Zach Norvell saved Gonzaga from being March Madness' first upset victim


A year after advancing to the national championship game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are back in the NCAA Tournament and will start their journey close to home, in Boise, Idaho.

The Zags would tie the game, then take control on this three-pointer from Zach Norvell. "My emotions are still high..."

Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 guard, had 25 points and eight rebounds to lift No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-19), which became the first team with a losing record to win a tournament game.

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Norvell Jr. came up big again with 11 seconds left, when he hit a free-throw to bring the lead to 68. Gonzaga led 32-23 at halftime after the Spartans missed the first 13 3-pointers they attempted.

Gonzaga shot 42.4 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from deep, while the Spartans finished 41.8 percent overall and 13.6 percent from 3-point range.

The winner of Gonzaga/UNC Greensboro will play the winner of Ohio State/South Dakota State, and the winner of Kentucky/Davidson will play the winner of Arizona/Buffalo on Saturday.